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Police advise Carlisle Fireshow attendees to leave drones at home

[A]head of this Saturday’s Carlisle Fireshow police are advising attendees to leave drones at home.

Last year there was an incident of a drone being used at the Bitts Park event which contravened legislation.

This year police advice is for drone-users to leave their equipment at home and to enjoy the show safely and legally.

The UK Dronecode, which is set by the Civil Aviation Authority, stipulates that:

  • A user cannot fly a drone within 150 metres of a crowd of 1,000 or more.
  • A user cannot fly a drone within 150 metres of a congested area.
  • A user cannot fly within 50m of any person, vehicle, vessel or structure not under their direct control.

Sergeant Chris Blain said: “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable evening at this Saturday’s Fireshow.

“The legislation is clear on the use of drones and anyone who would fly one at the Fireshow will be committing a criminal offence. Police have a range of options to identify pilots using drones recklessly and will take action on any person that endangers this event.

“Our advice is simple please leave your drones at home.”

For more information on using drones safely and legally, please visit www.dronesafe.uk/drone-code.

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