UK police have reported a 40 percent increase in drone associated crime reports, with stalking and flight path incursions the highest. 

Police forces said they received 2,435 reports of drone incidents in 2018 – up 2% on 2017 (2,377 incidents) and 42% higher than 2016 (1,709 incidents). Reported cases included sightings above schools and nurseries, allegations of harassment/stalking, criminal damage and reported surveillance of cash points. 

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said it is now working with the government and the Civil Aviation Authority on future laws “to meet the challenges and risks posed by drones”.

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