0 Man fined after flying drones over Premier League stadiums

A man has admitted illegally flying drones over professional football matches and London landmarks

Nigel Wilson's drone over the Emirates StadiumNigel Wilson admitted nine breaches of taking video over football grounds and tourist attractions last year.

Wilson, from Bingham, Nottinghamshire, was originally accused of 17 breaches of the Air Navigation Order but some charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

He was fined £1,800 at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

It was the first case in England of a person being prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service for using drones after a police-led operation.
Wilson, 42, was accused by Scotland Yard of flying the aircraft unmanned and "failing to maintain direct visual contact".

The charges he admitted included flying the drone on:

September 16 - Liverpool v Ludogorets FC at Anfield
September 23 - Derby County v Reading at iPro Stadium, Derby
September 27 - Palace of Westminster, London
September 27 - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium, London
October 9 - Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace and north bank of the River Thames in London
October 18 - Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium, Manchester

The court heard police horses were startled by Wilson's device as it flew over a Champions League group stage game between Liverpool and Bulgarian visitors Ludogorets at Anfield.

He was also twice arrested in London and had his drones confiscated.

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