UK gets first drone conviction after flights over football stadiums | ITworld

Yep, it’s idiots like this who spoil it for the rest of us who enjoy a bit of recreational drone use:

Nigel Wilson of Nottingham was fined £1,800 (US$2,800) and ordered to pay an additional £600 in costs after pleading guilty to offenses under the U.K.’s Air Navigation Order 2009. He was also banned from purchasing, owning or flying a drone, or assisting anyone else to fly a drone, for the next two years.

Manchester Police arrested Wilson last October after complaints about drone flights over the Etihad Stadium on match days.

Police discovered he had also flown his drone over Anfield stadium in Liverpool during a Champions League match against Bulgaria’s Ludogorets FC. During that incident, Wilson is said to have flown the drone so close to mounted police that it startled their horses. He later posted the footage to YouTube, according to the police.