Message from Leicestershire Police reference DRONES

Good Afternoon residents,
I hope you are all well and keeping safe.
We have received a number of reports in the area of Rearsby and Queniborough about a person(s) flying a drone and hovering over their private rear garden and over neighbouring properties.
Please can whoever own’s a drone in the local area please take not and adhere to the following:
What are the rules for flying drones in the UK?
If you are flying your drone for personal use you must ensure you follow the below rules.
• Your drone must weigh under 20kg
• You can’t fly above 400 feet in altitude or 500 metres from you horizontally
• Ensure your drone is always in sight
• Always keep away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
• Use your common sense and fly your aircraft safely i.e. avoid power lines, schools, government buildings, hospitals, prisons and any other area which you would reasonably consider it to be dangerous and or irresponsible.
If your drone is fitted with a camera there are additional regulations you must follow.
• You must not fly within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or vessels
• Your drone must not be flown within 150 metres of a congested area or any large group of people such as a concert or sporting event as you may be prosecuted.
• If you intend to record in an area where people are, you must inform them before you start.
If you intend to use the drone for commercial purposes you must have permission from the CAA and comply with additional laws governing their use.
To get guidance on operating permissions for drones see the CAA’s website or call 0330 022 9930 for the latest information and regulations regarding drone use.
Fiona Lacey
PCSO 6868