Police investigate drone activity in Ellesmere Port


Police are investigating drone activity in Ellesmere Port after receiving a number of complaints.

Drone activity has been reported in the Thornton Road area of the town.

A spokesperson for Ellesmere Port Police said: “We have received complaints about somebody operating a drone with a camera in the area of Thornton Road.

“This is a congested area, any individual using a drone here may be prosecuted.

“This area will be monitored.”

As a result of the activity police will now be monitoring the area closely.

If you are using a drone for personnel use then you are governed by the Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA).

Essentially your responsibilities are:

  • to know how to fly your drone safely, and do so within the law
  • to understand that the operator is legally responsible for every flight
  • to keep your drone in sight at all times – stay below 400ft
  • not to fly your drone over a congested area, never fly within 50 metres of a person, vehicle or building not under your control
  • ensure any images you obtain using the drone do not break privacy laws
  • avoiding collisions – you should never fly a drone near an airport or close to aircraft. It is a criminal offence to endanger the safety of an aircraft in flight

 

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