The value of UAVs in major criminal investigations and police work has been reiterated after it was revealed that drones are being deployed in a bid to uncover vital evidence in the Salisbury nerve agent investigation.
Wiltshire Police has bought in two UAVs to search a children’s play area for a canister that could contain Novichok.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, and boyfriend Charles Rowley, 45, are believed to have fallen ill after finding a vial, syringe or tub used to carry the nerve agent in Salisbury. Ms Sturgess tragically passed away earlier this month.
A video of the drone in action can be found below.
Two dedicated numbers for anyone with concerns about the incident: Freephone 0800 092 0410 or 0207 158 0124 if calling from abroad. pic.twitter.com/LwpEZ1RViR
— Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) July 20, 2018
Drones are increasingly being used to aid criminal investigations across the UK. Earlier this year Commercial Drone Professional reported that a drone had become a key witness in a rape investigation.
The technology has also been used for search and rescue operations, notably in Norfolk where a partially submerged man was recovered after being missing for over 24 hours and in Lincolnshire where local police located a hypothermic man.