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Drone Related Calls

Question

Please breakdown responses for the Somerset area and the Bristol area.

1) How many calls did Avon & Somerset Police receive relating to drones in 2013?

2) How many calls did Avon & Somerset Police receive relating to drones in 2014?

3) How many calls did Avon & Somerset Police receive relating to drones in 2015?

4) Please give the most common reason for the calls e.g. infringement of privacy, fear of safety etc.

5) For each of question 1,2,3 please state whether there were any arrests or charges brought against those involved.

Answer

A search has been conducted of the calls received mentioning drones between the requested dates. Please find the requested data in the table below:

Year

Somerset

Bristol

1 Jan 2015 – 31 Dec 2015

50

53

1 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014

8

8

1 Jan 2013 – 31 Dec 2013

2

2

The most common reasons for calls include the following:

  • Caller has seen a drone over the area.
  • Drone flying over caller’s property.
  • Caller saw a drone flying over houses.
  • Caller saw a camera drone flying over the gardens in the road

No information has been identified regarding arrests in relation to the above calls.

FOI Ref: 507/16

Date of Request: 04.04.16