Manchester Police arrest man for flying drone over City vs Spurs match

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Think drones only happen in Serbia? Think again.

A 41-year-old man from Nottinham was arrested in the parking lot of an Adsa supermarket today on suspicion of flying a drone over this weekend’s 4-1 Manchester City win against Tottenham Hotspur.

There were over 45,000 fans at the match.

According to the Greater Manchester Police, the man posted bail for eight weeks while the department investigates further. The police released a photograph of the captured drone (pictured, right).

The police released a statement from Chief Inspector Chris Hill, in charge of security for the match, who said:

“The drones could pose a threat to crowd safety and potentially cause alarm in crowded areas. Even small drones can weigh up to seven or eight kilograms and could cause damage or injury if they fall from height. Thankfully, no one was hurt. People may see this as a minor offence but it is a breach of the Air Navigation Order which is prosecuted by the civil aviation authority.”

The first person to be convicted for illegally flying an unmanned aircraft in the UK was fined $1,300 for flying a drone over a nuclear submarine facility. Law states a person flying an unmanned aerial vehicle must remain within a line of sight of the vehicle and cannot fly it over a crowded area.

The incident at the Etihad is reminiscent of recent events that sparked a massive brawl between Serbia and Albania in a Euro 2016 qualifier that had to be abandoned due to the fight.  Someone flew a drone over the pitch in Serbia that displayed an Albanian flag, and when a Serbian player attempted to grab the flag so the match could resume, tensions boiled over and a fight broke out.