Man faces court over stadium drone

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Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A man will appear in court over allegations that he flew drones over a string of locations including packed football grounds.

Nigel Wilson, 42, of Nottingham, has been summoned in relation to 17 breaches of the Air Navigation Order, Scotland Yard said.

Among venues over which he is said to have flown a “small unmanned surveillance aircraft” are Liverpool’s Anfield and the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s home ground.

He is also alleged to have failed to maintain direct, unaided and visual contact with a drone at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster.

Wilson is accused of flying a drone over congested areas during football matches last year without permission from the Civil Aviation Authority.

They are:

::Liverpool v Aston Villa on September 13 2014 at Anfield.

::Liverpool v Ludogrets on September 16 at Anfield.

::Nottingham Forest v Fulham on September 17 at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

::Derby County v Reading on September 23 at Derby’s ground.

::Arsenal v Tottenham on September 27 at the Emirates Stadium.

::Stoke City v Newcastle United on September 29 at the Britannia Stadium.

::Derby County v Bournemouth on September 30 at Derby’s ground.

::Leicester City v Liverpool on December 2 at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

It is also said that on a number of occasions he did not maintain direct and unaided visual contact with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft “to monitor its flight path in relation to persons and structures for the purposes of avoiding collisions”.

Locations named in those allegations include some of the football grounds, Buckingham Palace, the Shard building and the Houses of Parliament.

Wilson has been summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on April 16.

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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