Police deploy unmanned systems in Hastings manhunt mission

Norfolk Police drone

Sussex Police placed a UAV centre stage of a manhunt mission in a bid to find missing pensioner.

The force, which received a grant for £250,000 from the Home Office to expand its drone operations in 2015, reported 70-year-old John Prince missing last week and confirmed that a drone was part of its search operation.

According to the Hastings Observer, detective chief inspector, Pierre Serra, said: “Searches, including the use of a drone, have been underway in and around Ore since Tuesday evening and are now being extended with the deployment of search volunteers.”

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Last month it was revealed that police services in England and Wales are increasingly investing in UAVs because the cost of keeping helicopters in the air is climbing rapidly.

A report assessing the viability of drones across police forces has revealed that keeping a police helicopter aloft for one hour costs £2,820 – double what it cost in 2009.

Surrey and Sussex Police have already bought five UAVs at a cost of £300,000 while Durham Constabulary recently bought a £1,450 drone.

28 of the 43 forces in England and Wales have either purchased at least one drone or have one ready access.

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