Surrey Police have confirmed that a 49-year-old man has been arrested for breaching the peace.
The 49-year-old cameraman's arrest followed complaints from local residents and others in the vicinity of the tragic incident in which a woman and two young children sadly lost their lives.
Police confiscated the drone during his arrest but are in the process of returning it to the cameraman.
A number of uniformed officers and detectives were sent to the scene of this tragic incident to assist Surrey Fire and Rescue Service with their investigation.
“While in attendance, concerns about the behaviour of a man were raised to officers from people who believed he was acting in a disrespectful and intrusive manner.
“At the time of the arrest, the main focus for officers and fire crew at the scene was to conclude the initial forensic investigation and to allow the dignified removal of the bodies of those who had sadly died.
“This was a deeply distressing incident which has devastated the community and the impact will be felt for some time. The thoughts of all at Surrey Police are with those affected by the fire.”
Here's the moment when photojournalist Eddie Mitchell was arrested by police for flying a drone near Gatwick Airport. Surrey Police officers are filmed arresting him for breach of the peace - and are then seen trying to land the drone themselves.
Mr Mitchell - who works freelance for a range of news organisations - had been flying the drone near the scene of a fatal fire in Surrey.
He says the location, near Gatwick, is part of the airport's air traffic control zone, but is not a no-fly area. He is a trained drone pilot and is one of the few journalists approved by the Civil Aviation Authority to commercially operate drones. He said he did not need to alert air traffic as his drone was weighing under 7kg.
Mr Mitchell was held in custody for a number of hours, before being released. It's thought police believed he had been operating the drone in a no-fly zone.
"A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace."
A photojournalist has been arrested by police after using a drone near Gatwick Airport. Eddie Mitchell - approved by the CAA to commercially operate small unmanned aircraft - was held for hours.
It may be hard to imagine now, but there was a time when there were no mobile phones. Thirty years ago this week, the first ever call from a huge transportable device was made in the UK, on the Vodafone network - now one of the region's largest employers. A few examples of the metal monster still exist, so we asked some schoolchildren what they made of them...
The Heathrow skyline changed forever when one of its most iconic features – the orange and white radar next to Terminal 1 – was removed. NATS installed the radar in the early 1980s. It then remained operational and untouched until 1999 when the antenna was replaced. The radar provided en route and airport radar services until it was finally decommissioned two years ago and replaced by the new radar station in Bovingdon.
The latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – Condor 102 – will arrive in the UK today, completing her maiden voyage into her new base of Poole.
Escorted by a tug, Condor 102 will sail past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port at approximately 1000.
Her arrival will conclude her 10,500 nautical mile journey from Cebu in the Philippines. The sleek new state-of-the-art 102m trimaran represents £50m of investment in the route to the Channel Islands.
The best vantage point will be from the Sandbanks peninsula, along Poole Harbour or from Baiter Park.
After sea trials, Condor 102 will come into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.
Work continues on the rail network over the festive period, with 11,000 staff working on track and signals. Among the key projects in the south are:
London Bridge - Over 1,000 staff are laying new track, signals and working on the station redevelopment that will ease capacity. It is part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Project. It will lead to improvements to rail services from Sussex, Surrey and Kent to London. Work continues until January 5th.
Reading - A new flyover is being completed to ease congestion outside the station costing £45 million. It is one of the final phases of the £900 million station upgrade. The new flyover opens on January 4th.
South West Trains - Hundreds of staff are working on the lines into Waterloo to renew points. Work continues during weekends in January and February.
West Coast - At Watford major work is being carried out to improve services through Buckinghamshire to the north and Scotland.
“Making the railway better is what we aim to do every day and our investment programme this Christmas, the biggest yet, is fully focused on delivering a better service for passengers.
“Passenger numbers have doubled since 1997 and this Christmas investment programme forms a key part of the record £25 billion being invested in our railway over the next five years to meet growing demand and improve and expand our congested railway network.
“With an 11,000-strong army we will deliver a huge amount of work during a quieter time for train travel. New technology and working practices mean we can keep lines open while our people work safely alongside, causing much less disruption than would otherwise be the case.”
A record 11,000 rail engineers are working over the festive period to maintain and renew track and signals.
Network Rail staff are out at 3,000 locations with £200 million being spent.
Among the key projects in the south are:
London Bridge - Over 1,000 staff are laying new track, signals and working on the station redevelopment that will ease capacity. It is part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Project.
It will lead to improvements to rail services from Sussex, Surrey and Kent to London. Work continues until January 5th.
Sussex Police is investigating security breaches of its external website.
Three breaches 'have been identified within a contained area of the website and could possibly be linked'.
A full investigation is underway to identify the source of the breaches and their impact.
Those responsible have obtained email addresses of a number of officers and personal email addresses of some members of the public who have used the services of our website.
Communications staff have contacted around 270 people who may have been affected, in particular to give them security advice in relation to their passwords for our community messaging service.
Our website is entirely separate to those systems used to investigate crime. The activity has not impacted on any other force IT, web or telephony systems and operational response is unaffected. There has been no impact on our service to the public. Measures are being put in place to ensure that the security of the website is not compromised further.
Work is being carried out to ensure that all our IT systems remain resilient and secure and an investigation is underway to find those responsible.
He became a global star - sharing stunning images of earth - from space. And, today, Chris Hadfield was in the region, launching his new book.
The astronaut took photos from the International Space Station - and put them on Twitter last year.
We caught up with Chris Hadfield and asked him what it was like looking down to Earth from space!