Don’t break the law with flying toys


SUSSEX Police is warning residents to stay on the right side of the law if they are gifted with a flying toy.

Flying objects, such as remote control aeroplanes are a popular gift but it is possible to commit an offence while flying one and people can be fined thousands of pounds for flying one too close to aircraft, a building or people.

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is covered by strict rules set by the Civil Aviation Authority, the organisation that regulates aircraft and air traffic controllers across the UK.

Inspector Mark Callaghan, from Sussex Police, said: “We would hate for people to have their Christmas ruined by them getting into trouble because of their favourite present.

“We really don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun but a UAV could endanger an aircraft if it gets in its way while it is taking off or landing - and it will hurt if one of them crashes into you.”

For guidance on what can and cannot be done with a UAV, visit