Drone Pilot First to be Convicted - Newspaper Watch

John Simpson Crime Correspondent - The Times

A security guard has become the first person tobeconvictedof misusinga done after flying the small unmanned aircraft too close to Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

Nigel Wilson,  42,  wasfined£1,800 and banned from buying, owning or flying drones for two years. A judgetold him he had shown "disregard" for public safety while shooting videos from heights above lOOm (328ft).

Wilson also flew drones over league football matches, startling police horses, and ignored severalwarnings frompolice,  whoseizedthem Westminster magistrates' court was told.

He uploaded videos from the flights to his YouTube channel between September and November last year. Some showedBig Ben from close range, the Queen Victoria memorial near the palace and the Shard skyscraper.

District Judge QuentinPurdytold Wilson he had put the public at risk. "In each and every case you knew what you were doing.  Severaltimesyouwere warnedbypolice,  whoseizeddrones from you, and on numerous occasions bypeoplepostingonyourYouTube channel.

It was the height of arrogance in terms of public safety." WiIson, of  Bingham,  Nottingham¬ shire, admittedfourcharges of flying small un-mannedsurveillanceaircraft over a built-up area and five of not maintaining direct visual contact with them.