Tennis-Loving Drone Flown Over Wimbledon Seized

By Gerald Lynch on at

A drone found circling over the All England Lawn Tennis Club, home of this week's prestigious Wimbledon international tennis tournament, has been seized by police.

The Met Police force were alerted to a man flying a drone over the hallowed courts in South West London, who was piloting his unmanned aircraft from a nearby golf course around 8.30am on Saturday morning.

Though there has not yet been anything to suggest that the drone was being used for any nefarious deeds, officers are said to be continuing their investigations. The drone itself was seized under laws which state it is an offence to fly the small craft "within 50m of a structure".

"Anyone intending to fly a drone should give prior consideration to the surrounding landscape and any structures or venues," said inspector Roger Robinson, from Merton police.

"While it is not our intention to prevent people from enjoying the use of drones, it is important that regulations are adhered to."

Drone regulations have become increasingly tight over the past few years, as their use becomes more commonplace. London landmarks have to be kept clear of the UAVs, while royal parks have also banned their use. Though a good laugh if used sensibly, you only have to look at popstar Enrique Iglesias's recent run-in with a drone to see the potential safety risks if not used correctly -- he very nearly lost a finger trying to catch one in mid-air at a recent gig. [BBC]