Nottingham man in court over football stadium drones

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Image caption Drones cannot be flown within 50m of a building or structure and must not be flown within 150m of a large gathering of people

A man has been summoned to appear in court over allegations he flew a drone over London landmarks and at several football grounds during matches.

Nigel Wilson, 42, from Nottingham, is accused of 17 breaches of the Air Navigation Order, Scotland Yard said.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 16 April.

Mr Wilson is accused of flying the drone at football matches and tourist attractions, including Buckingham Palace, between September and December.

The 42-year-old, of Rockingham Grove, Bingham, is alleged to have flown a "small unmanned surveillance aircraft" over the venues and failed to maintain direct and unaided visual contact.

The alleged offences took place on:

  • September 13 - Liverpool v Aston Villa at Anfield, Liverpool
  • September 16 - Liverpool v Ludogorets FC at Anfield
  • September 17 - Nottingham Forest v Fulham at The City Ground, Nottingham
  • September 27 - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium, London
  • September 27 - Palace of Westminster, Queen Victoria Memorial, outside Buckingham Palace and the north bank of the River Thames in London
  • September 29 - Stoke City v Newcastle United at Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
  • September 30 - Derby County v Bournemouth at iPro Stadium, Derby
  • October 18 - Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • December 2 - Leicester v Liverpool at King Power Stadium, Leicester

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