Lincoln man cautioned for illegally flying drone over city

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A Lincoln man who captured some of the city’s highlights from the sky has received a caution from Lincolnshire Police for the unauthorised use of a drone.

As previously reported, the force released an image of a man they wanted to trace in relation to drone footage which had appeared online.

The man voluntarily spoke to police officers while the force investigated whether an offence had been committed.

The man featuring in the drone video.

The man featuring in the drone video.

The dramatic video, initially published on YouTube on October 15, shows the drone taking off from the Lincoln Tank Memorial on the Tritton Road roundabout, going over the Brayford and right up to Lincoln Cathedral.

Drones can be legally purchased as long as they weigh less than 20kg and are not used for commercial purposes.

Owners must avoid flying drones within 150 metres of a congested area and 50 metres of a person, vessel, vehicle or structure not under the control of the pilot.

Drones must also need to be flown “within sight”, meaning they can’t go above 400 feet in altitude or further than 500 metres horizontally.