Three men released under investigation after reports of drone being flown near racecourse

Three men released under investigation after reports of drone being flown near racecourse

by Henry James (April 2021)

THREE people arrested on Thursday, April 9, on suspicion of offences under the Air Navigation Order, after reports of a drone being flown near to Aintree racecourse, have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has provisionally suspended the permission of the registered flight school believed to have been involved, pending further investigation.

During the three days of the Aintree Festival Merseyside Police officers worked with Crowded Space Drones (Jockey Club contractors) and the NPCC Counter Drone Team monitored and responded to drone detections around the footprint of the racecourse.

The three men - a pilot,  and two spotters – aged 54, 52 and 35 were arrested on Red Rum Close in Aintree on suspicion of offences under the Air Navigation Order. The drone was also seized.

A search of a vehicle linked to one of the men resulted in large quantity of cash also being seized.

Information has also been submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority.

Chief Superintendent Paul White said: “We had a team of officers and partners who monitored any drone activity around Aintree racecourse to establish if any offences had been committed.

“On this occasion they detected breaches in legislation which resulted in the three men being arrested and the drone being seized.

“Merseyside Police will continue to seek ways to combat the illegal use of drones to keep the communities of Merseyside safe.”

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