Drone reports - 529/18

Date Responded 06 June 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. Can you breakdown the categories of the all calls relating to drones? I.e. how many calls were from legal operators, how many were reports of noise nuisance and so on?

2. Of the calls made to the police on the subject of drones, how many calls actually turned out to be crimes being committed?

3.How many were attended by officers

4.how many led to an arrest?

5. In total, how many calls were made to your force through 101/999 in 2017 on all subject matters?

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

To note the information provided are all incidents created between 01/01/2017 and 31/12/2017 where the incident descriptions contains the words 'drone' 'UAV' or 'unmanned aerial vehicle.' Each incident description has been read and categorised based on the initial nature of the report.

Data provided at point 5 is for all incidents recorded,  not just those generated through calls, ie those reported via a front office at a police station.

 With all the above in mind I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.


Category of Incident                                                No. of Incidents

Nuisance / Suspicious flying                                      62

Information Only                                                         47

Operating in area of risk                                             20

Theft of drone                                                             17

Concern for caller                                                       4

Damage by drone                                                       3

Lost / Found drone                                                      2


2. 21

3. Officers attended – 9

    Resolution without deployment - 12

4. 6

5. 472340

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