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Man Arrested for Flying Drone off Severn Bridge

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On the morning of New Year’s Eve, police closed the M48 Severn Bridge when a man was spotted climbing the bridge tower and flying a drone off it.

The bridge passes over River Severn and serves as a major motor crossing between Wales and England. The bridge closure brought traffic to a halt in both directions and lasted for about 30 minutes.

Alexandru Scutaru, 30, of Northampton, was charged with causing a public nuisance. He was released on police bail with conditions that he not go to either Severn crossing pending a court appearance.

Scutaru is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ court in February.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) administers the rules for flying a drone in the U.K.; however, they are not responsible for handling violations. Instead, the public is encouraged to report any concerns about drones being used in their area to their local police.

Read the full story: Man Arrested for Flying Drone off Severn Bridge, Brings Traffic to a Stop | Legal Parameters of Flying a Drone in the U.K.

What do you think of the CAA passing the responsibility of enforcing drone laws on to the police? How might local police prepare to respond to threats caused by rogue drones? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

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The incident is very unfortunate for the drone operator, it is interesting that the people are encouraged to contact the police first rather than a less aggressive option.

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I actually rode a bike across that bridge, it is huge, and those towers are super high.  I wonder if the guy was having mental issues.  It is a critical road artery into Wales, so closing it would have a significant negative effect on traffic, further contributing to the negative press regarding drones - this is a very unfortunate event. 


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The specifics of the story are clear when they say the drone operator “climbed” on the bridge to fly the drone.  To climb on a structure to fly your drone isn’t safe and responsible flying.  He makes all of us look bad by being so irresponsible.  

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