Man convicted for illegally flying drone over football stadiums and landmarks

15/09/2015

Nigel Wilson, 42, was convicted of 11 offences contrary to the Air Navigation Order 2009 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The offences relate to occasions when Wilson flew a small, unmanned surveillance aircraft, also known as a drone, between September and December 2014.

The drone was flown over a number of football stadiums during matches and near to central London landmarks. He filmed these flights and uploaded them to the internet.

Gerallt Evans, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was not just a harmless hobby - Nigel Wilson's actions posed a real risk to public safety."

Despite being warned about his conduct by the police, Civil Aviation Authority and concerned members of the public Wilson continued to fly the drones in congested areas. Even after two of his drones were confiscated by the police he continued to offend.

Wilson pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £1,800 and ordered to pay costs of £600. He was also given a Criminal Behaviour Order for two years and the drones and cameras were forfeited.

Details of offences:

  • On the 16th day of September 2014, at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, flew a small unmanned surveillance aircraft over a congested area, during a football match between Liverpool FC and Ludogorets FC without a permission issued by the Civil Aviation authority in contravention of Articles 167 (1), 167 (2) (a) and 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 16th day of September 2014, at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, did not maintain direct, unaided visual contact with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft to monitor its flight path in relation to persons and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions in Contravention of Articles 166 (3) and Article 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009 .
  • On the 23rd day of September 2014, at Derby Stadium, Derby, did not maintain direct, unaided visual contact  with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft to monitor its flight path in relation to persons and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions in Contravention of Articles 166 (3) and Article 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 23rd day of September 2014, at Derby Stadium, Derby, flew a small unmanned surveillance aircraft over a congested area, during a football match between Derby County FC and Reading  FC without a permission issued by the Civil Aviation authority in contravention of Articles 167 (1), 167 (2) (a) and 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 27th day of September 2014, at Emirates Stadium, London , flew a small unmanned surveillance aircraft over a congested area, during a football match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham FC without a permission issued by the Civil Aviation authority in contravention of Articles 167 (1), 167 (2) (a) and 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 27th day of September 2014, at Palace of Westminster, London did not maintain direct, unaided  visual contact with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft to monitor its flight path in relation to persons and structures namely House of Parliament for the purpose of avoiding collisions in Contravention  of Articles 166 (3) and Article 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 27th day of.September 2014, at Queen Victoria Memorial Outside Buckingham Palace, London did not maintain direct, unaided visual contact with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft to monitor  its flight path in relation to persons and structures namely Buckingham Palace for the purpose  of avoiding collisions in Contravention of Articles 166 (3) and Article 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 27th day of September 2014, at North Bank of River Thames, London did not maintain direct, unaided visual contact with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft to monitor its flight path in relation to persons and structures namely HMS Belfast and at The Shard for the purpose of avoiding collisions in Contravention of Articles 166 (3) and Article 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 29th day of September 2014, at Britannia Stadium, Stoke-On-Trent, flew a small unmanned  surveillance aircraft over a congested area, during a football match between Stoke City FC and Newcastle United FC without a permission issued by the Civil Aviation authority in contravention of Articles 167 (1), 167 (2) (a) and 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 18th day of October 2014, at Etihad Stadium, Manchester did not maintain direct, unaided visual contact with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft to monitor its flight path in relation to persons and structures namely House of Parliament for the purpose of avoiding collisions in Contravention of Articles 166 (3) and Article 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
  • On the 2nd day of December 2014, at King Power Stadium, Leicester flew a small unmanned surveillance  aircraft over a congested area, during a football match between Leicester  City FC and Liverpool  FC without a permission  issued by the Civil Aviation authority  in contravention  of Articles 167 (1), 167 (2) (a) and 241 (6) of the Air Navigation Order 2009.