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Drone Activity in Chetnole

Alert message sent 01/04/2022 09:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

Drones are unmanned aircraft that are controlled remotely – they are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s).

Sherborne Neighbourhood Policing Team have received reports of two incidents of invasive drone activity in Chetnole.

In the first incident, customers sitting in a garden witnessed a drone hovering at fence height very close to where they were sitting, eventually making them feel uncomfortable.

In the second incident a drone was seen by the residents of a house, hovering in their garden very close to the window of their study.

Drones are legal to use however, there are rules and regulations that you must adhere to in order to ensure you are on the right side of the law. If you fly a drone or model aircraft, you now have to be registered and must pass a theory test to get a flyer ID (unless its weight is under 250g). You must also register to get an operator ID.

More details regarding registration can be found on the Civil Aviation Authority website:

If you are thinking about getting a drone and would like to learn how to use it safely and legally, Dorset Police and Devon & Cornwall Police now run drone awareness sessions for members of the public. These sessions are run throughout the year at a number of different venues around the three counties. They are aimed at anyone who uses drones or is thinking about buying one in the future.

The topics covered include:
• The law
• Pilot responsibilities
• Privacy
• The drone code


The above incidents are an invasion of privacy and if you have any information regarding who owns the drone in question, please contact Sherborne Neighbourhood Policing Team via:

• Do it Online: www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/
• Email: 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk
• To report information to the police with 100% anonymity, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111

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Mark Jones (Dorset Police, PCSO 6269, Sherborne Rural)

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