Government teams up with Jessops in plan to limit drone misuse

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The Government has teamed up with retailer Jessops as part of a national campaign to increase public awareness of the rules around flying drones.

Working with the CAA, the government hopes the campaign can help educate the public about responsible drone use and has issued a digital toolkit to airports to help them raise awareness of the new rules announced last week.

Coming into force on March 13, the new laws have extended the exclusion zone around UK airports including banning drone flight within 5km of runway ends.

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Ian Savage, head of retail and academy training at Jessops, commented: “Along with the pleasure drones bring comes a responsibility for the user to ensure they are flying their drone safely and legally.

“As one of the leading drone retailers Jessops is committed to ensuring it communicates the new laws to all its customers, and it will be doing this through extensive training from our dedicated drone specialists Connor Keenan and Jon Dick.”

The Government also confirmed work on to progress a new Drones Bill is also underway and will be introduced in due course.

It will allow officers to stop and search people suspected of using drones maliciously above 400ft or within 5km of an airport.

It will also give additional new powers to the police to clamp down on those misusing drones and other small unmanned aircraft, including the power to access electronic data stored on a drone with a warrant.

Home secretary Sajid Javid said: “Extending stop and search to include drones will help police tackle disruption like the recent misery we saw at UK airports, when travel was ruined for thousands of innocent passengers, and bring those responsible to justice.”

He added: “Police are clear that stop and search is one of the most powerful tools they have to target and disrupt crime and I remain committed to giving them all the support they need to protect the public.”

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