I was flying at Castle Ring today, and was approached by the police. Nobody reported me, they were actually there following up on reports of people catching snakes illegally, when they saw me flying my drone and approached me. They were friendly and explained to me that I’m not allowed to fly my drone here. I showed them my operators ID as well as my flyers ID. I also explained that I
I did my research and that an FOI was applied for this area by other drone flyers and that there is no by-law restricting drone flying in the area. The policemen understood my explanation and said he will call the county while there just to confirm this. The county however advised the police that drones are not permitted at Castle Ring because its a national monument.
The two policemen were very friendly, polite and professional and we actually had a good conversation, but I did not argue with them and packed my drone up and left.
I applaud the police officers for there professionalism friendliness and politeness today and the fact that he made an effort to phone the district council to confirm if I’m allowed to fly my drone.
At the end the authorities such as the police only act on the advice given by the county and district council. What frustrates me is that the Cannock Chase district council gave the police the incorrect information. They keep referring to Castle Ring as a national monument, but its not part of the national trust. The fact that the Cannock Chase district council said drones are not permitted although there are no by-law specifying this is shocking…
So be aware when you decide to go fly at Castle Ring.