Suspected drug dealer foiled by UAV sting

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An unmanned aerial vehicle proved to be a vital tool in the apprehension of a suspected drug dealer in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

According to the Stratford-Upon-Avon Herald, Stratford Police was able to arrest two suspects due to the use of advance technology in crime fighting applications.

The publication reported that, Sgt Simon Ryan, from Stratford Police said: “Our use of the drone demonstrates the kind of resources we have here in Stratford to combat crime and warns criminals that we will find them using every means we have available.”

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The two suspects were arrested for the possession of a Class A drug with the intent to sell.

The arrest comes as forces across the UK expand the use of UAVs.

Previously, North Wales Police’s deputy chief constable, Gareth Pritchard, told the BBC that drones were a highly cost-effective tool in fighting crime and helping communities.

Police in Scotland also recently trialled the use of two drones to help with investigations, including locating a missing hiker. Police Scotland hopes to have the drones operational this month and available to units, including road policing, and to armed police officers.

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