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Drones are 'the future of policing'

Police will use more drones in the future Credit: ITV

Drones are the future of policing - according to Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner. Martyn Underhill says drones could revolutionise policing in the same way that police radios did in the 1960s. Dorset currently shares four of the unmanned devices with Devon and Cornwall Police to photograph crime scenes, road accidents and help in the search for missing people.

Cameraman arrested over drone and police struggle to land device

A freelance cameraman has been arrested after flying a drone near Gatwick Airport. Surrey Police were caught on camera arresting Eddie Mitchell for breach of the peace before trying to land the drone themselves.

Mr Mitchell, though, says he was operating the kit within the rules. He was later released without charge.

Kate Bunkall has this report.

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Journalist arrested for 'breaching the peace' with drone

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.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Antony Archibald

VIDEO: The moment a freelance cameraman is arrested by police

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."

– Surrey Police

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A passenger plane and drone almost collide

Air safety chiefs have investigated the first near miss between a passenger jet and a drone near Heathrow Airport, amid fears that drones could pose a danger to commercial flights.

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB), which will publish its findings on Friday, is expected to record an incident risk rating of A - the highest of five categories - defined as a "serious risk of collision".

The report said the pilot of the Airbus A320 spotted the drone, which failed to show up on air traffic control systems, at 2.16pm on July 22 while flying at an altitude of 700ft.

The pilot reported the incident to the UKAB who launched an inquiry. However the owner of the drone has never been identified.

The Airbus A320 is a short-haul jet which can carry 180 passengers and is commonly used by European airlines. Earlier this year airline pilots' association Balpa demanded better protection for the public against the risks of drones.

It wants drones, officially known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), which share airspace with passenger and freight airliners, to meet the same safety standards as piloted aircraft. It includes only being flown by operators with pilot-equivalent training.

Near miss between plane and drone over Heathrow

Air safety experts have investigated the first near miss between a passenger jet and a remotely controlled drone near Heathrow Airport. A report to be published on Friday is expected to show that an Airbus A320, which can carry 180 passengers, almost collided with a drone in July.

Near miss between drone and plane Credit: ITV Meridian

Police trial drones above Gatwick Airport

A remotely-controlled minature helicopter with a video camera on board is being tested by Sussex Police.

It's being used in the skies above Gatwick Airport. The force says the unmnanned drone will help in the fight against terror. But some groups have raised concerns about privacy.

Our reporter David Johns speaks to Supt Brian Bracher from Sussex Police and Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne.

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