Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has issued its first warning to a local man after reports were made of a drone being flown over Peace Memorial Park in Wigston.
The Council recently adopted its drone policy following concerns that drones were being flown near to roads, dwellings and other facilities in the Borough causing harassment alarm and distress to residents. The unnamed male was served with a Community Protection Warning under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 requiring him to stop flying the drone from any Council owned land.
A council spokesperson said: “The individual concerned had already been advised by Leicestershire Police to stop flying his drone in the area and he ignored that advice. If he ignores the community protection warning the Council will serve a Community Protection Notice and if he ignores that he could be prosecuted and fined up to £2500.00. He could also face having his drone seized and destroyed.”
Whilst prosecution would be a last resort, the Council hopes that by issuing this warning it sends a clear message to residents living in the borough that the Council takes all reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and will take enforcement action where necessary to prevent individuals from continually causing issues for residents.