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Should drone flyers have to pass a test?

You've probably seen them above your head or heard them buzzing in the distance. Drones are becoming increasingly popular amongst the general public. But their increased popularity has also led to an increase in the number of complaints about their misuse.

At Gatwick pilots are warning of a 'disaster' unless more is done to tighten the rules on the use of drones near airports. In twelve months 70, near misses between drones and planes have been reported.

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Drone 'was used to carry mobile phones and cannabis into prison'

A typical drone, pictured in flight Credit: PA

Two people have been been charged with using a drone to carry mobile phones and cannabis into a prison.

Ingrid Edwards, 25, of Wolfe Crescent in Charlton, South London, and Daniel Lee Kelly, 37, of Amblecote Meadows in Grove Park, South London, have been charged with two counts of getting prohibited items into HMP Swaleside in Eastchurch, Kent.

The items are alleged to have been sent into the prison between March 16 and April 25.

Police say two defendants are due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on 24 May.

Drones to help police fight crime

Surrey and Sussex Police have bought new drones to help fight crime Credit: ITV Meridian

Four new drones have been bought by Sussex and Surrey Police to help fight crime.

£250,000 is being spent by the two forces to train almost 40 officers to fly the remote controlled aerial cameras. In the past they've been used in missing person searches, airport security and at crash scenes.

They now have five drones - more than any other force in the country.

After 23 near misses with drones pilots call for action

Airline pilot call for Government to back research into impact of drones on passenger jet safety

A group of pilots are calling for more research to be done into what would happen if a drone hit a plane - after a series of near misses - including one at Southampton airport.

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), says a drone passed within two wing lengths of an aircraft last July. In all, there were 23 near misses between April and October last year - including at Detling in Kent, RAF Odiham in Hampshire and at Heathrow Airport.

This report by Sally Simmonds is followed by an interview a representative from BALPA, which is calling for the Government to back more research into the consequences of such a collision.

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Twenty-three near misses between drones & planes

A drone flying in the sky

Airline pilots are calling for new research into what could happen if an aircraft engine is hit by a drone.

There were around 23 near misses between aircraft and drones in the last year, including one at Detling in Kent, which came within sixty feet of a passenger jet. Pilots are also calling for existing controls to be better enforced.

Steve Landells from the British Airline Pilots Association said such an impact could cause engine failure or a cracked windscreen.

Drone flown just yards from passenger jet

A drone was flown just yards from a passenger jet landing at Heathrow Credit: ITV News

A drone was flown within a few metres of a passenger jet landing at Heathrow Airport, continuing a recent spate of near-misses.

The pilot of the Airbus A319 stated that the drone may have been just 20 feet above and 25 yards to the left when it passed by the aircraft on September 30th.

Officials said that the drone was flown against Civil Aviation Authority regulations because it did not have permission to be above 400 feet within the Heathrow CTR control zone. The incident was put in the most serious risk category

Drone flew "within yards" of Heathrow passenger plane

A safety report from the Civil Aviation Authority today reveals a drone was flown within a few yards of a passenger plane landing at Heathrow Airport. It brings to six the number of recent incidents.

The pilot of the Airbus A319 said the drone may have been just 20 feet above and 25 yards to the left when it passed by the aircraft in the incident last September.

He told the UK Airprox Board - which investigates incidents - that it was not possible to take avoiding action and the incident was put in the most serious risk category.

Concerns over drones flown near Heathrow and other airports Credit: ITV News

The plane was flying at an altitude of 500 feet and was on the final approach to the airport on September 30 when the drone was spotted.

Officials said that the drone was flown against Civil Aviation Authority regulations because it did not have permission to be above 400 feet within the Heathrow control zone.

The space between the drone and the jet had been reduced to about a wingspan - described as "the bare minimum" - and that "chance had played a major part" in the avoidance of a collision.

A police investigation was launched but the drone operator has not been found.

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Christian Sloan: First Vietnam waterfall victim named

Christian Sloan was one of three Brits who died at the popular waterfall spot in Vietnam. Credit: Family handout

One of the British tourists who died climbing a waterfall in Vietnam has been named locally as Christian Sloan.

The 25-year-old from Deal in Kent died along with two women, aged 19 and 25, at the Datanla Waterfalls in the Lam Dong province.

Local reports suggest the three were with an unauthorised guide when the tragedy happened.

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