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Warning over drone flying after Christmas sales surge

Those opening drones as gift this morning have been warned they could face prosecution for flying them dangerously.

Warning over drone flying after Christmas sales surge Credit: Paul Mayall/DPA/Press Association Images

The gadgets have been one of this year's must-have gifts, prompting the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to highlight strict rules that recreational users must follow after they were involved in a number of incidents and near-misses.

Fears that unmanned aircraft could pose a danger were heightened earlier this month after investigators revealed a drone came within 20ft of a passenger plane as it was about to land at Heathrow Airport.

The CAA said anyone flying drones illegally can be prosecuted and its officials are working closely with police and other agencies on the issue.

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