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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.
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.
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 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.