London's Met Police are not immune to viral internet videos, with that superb Dutch test of living anti-drone tech reaching the offices of force commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. He says London might one day use a similar system, should trials prove a success.
A Met Police spokesman explained: "As would be expected in an organisation that is transforming, we take an interest in all innovative new ideas and will of course be looking at the work of the Dutch police use of eagles."
Whether that's "looking at" meaning literally looking at on YouTube or "looking at" as in considering doing for real, we don't know. While drones and their owners are quite the modern pain in the arse, fleets of attack birds flying about the city might be even more of a menace. What happens when one soars off with a child's toy helicopter and part of the owner's little hand?
Perhaps a more sensible approach in keeping with London's traditions would be fleets of kamikaze pigeons, trained to obliterate themselves in the rotors of anything more than 20 feet off the ground. [Guardian]