Drone seized for violating restricted airspace at The Open

A drone has been seized by Merseyside Police officers after it was flown in a restricted area above Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake yesterday, Thursday 20 July.

There are currently flight restrictions in place affecting drones as part of the policing operation of The Open.

The restricted airspace has been put in place to protect those attending the event and assist with the security of the competition.

Yesterday, police were made aware of a drone being flown in the restricted airspace and officers were able to locate the operator and subsequently seize the drone and remind them of the restrictions.

The flight restrictions affecting drones will be in place for the duration of The Open.

Chief Superintendent Mark Wiggins, who is in charge of the Policing Operation for the event, said, “This incident demonstrated the excellent detection work by officers who were able to swiftly seize the drone and identify the owner, who was spoken to by officers.

“Please be mindful that airspace restrictions will remain in place for the duration of the event and if we suspect a drone is being flown in the restricted area, then we will take action.

“If you commit an offence and fly a drone within the restricted area without permission, your equipment may be seized and you may render yourself liable to prosecution.”

Image for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Gautier Salles

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