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Man Arrested for Flying Drone During Liverpool’s Friendly Match at Huddersfield

English Premier League club, Liverpool in Yorkshire had to stop play after an uninvited drone was caught hovering above the stadium. Due to players’ and spectators’ safety reasons, the match had to be paused. Police later finds and arrests the drone operator.

On 20 July this year, a 38-year-old man was held in custody after caught flying the uninvited drone above the John Smith’s Stadium at Huddersfield. The match was temporarily halted at the 61st minute.

Police officers were deployed to investigate the unmanned aerial vehicle, which were found be DJI Inspire 1. The pilot was identified and the drone confiscated, the play was finally allowed to continue.

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Uninvited drone hovering above John Smith’s Stadium

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Huddersfield counterpart David Wagner discussing the situation

These sort of vehicles and machines must not be flown within 150 meters of a congested and populated areas, such as sporting events and mass gatherings.

West Yorkshire Police said: ‘The referee took the decision to briefly stop the match on grounds of safety after the drone was seen approximately an hour into the game.

‘Police officers were quickly deployed to the immediate area. The pilot was identified and the drone recovered.

‘A 38-year-old man from Huddersfield was arrested on suspicion of flying a small unmanned aircraft with a mass of over 7kg at a height of more than 400ft.

‘This a breach of civil aviation regulations. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.’

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