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Police launch 'Flying Saucer' CCTV camera

Police used a remote-controlled "flying saucer" to monitor the BNP's Red, White and Blue festival in Codnor, Derbyshire, where anti-fascist protesters have assembled.

Similar to a mini-helicopter, the device has four pairs of carbon-fibre rotor blades which support a camera. An operator on the ground controls the vehicle's flight using a hand-held control panel with two joysticks.

The drone – which is based on military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology – feeds live images back to a screen on the control unit, enabling the "pilot" to operate the machine even when it is out of his or her sight.

Merseyside Police was the first force to use the drones, launching them during a number of crackdowns on gun and gang crime, as well as against anti-social behaviour. The aerial cameras have also previously been deployed to deter crime at pop festivals. Yesterday was the first time it was used at a demonstration.

Their capacity to provide extra video evidence could prove useful to police forces which face allegations about their public order tactics, and about differing versions of major events such as London's G20 protests in April.

A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: "A pilotless drone plane will be used to record evidence at the Red, White and Blue festival.

"The drone, fitted with CCTV cameras, will be used by a trained operator from the manufacturing company. It will record any incidents of disorder for evidence-gathering purposes. The drone is similar to a small, model aircraft."

The drone is about three feet in diameter and can be configured to gather still images, video, thermal images and night-vision pictures. Unlike full-scale police helicopters it is virtually inaudible.

Derbyshire Police is believed to have rented the drone from another force for the day at a cost of £500.

Police have been told to change the way they control public protests after the G20 demonstrations saw the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson after he was pushed to the ground by a police officer. Earlier this month it emerged that a woman may have suffered a miscarriage shortly after being manhandled by officers at the G20 protests.

Beyond the pervasive nature and whacko command and control society that we have let UK become, just how much are all us taxpayers doling out for this spy sh1t???

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You're not even allowed to fly a single engined helicopter over London, yet the Police are allowed to fly a small, unstable, low flying decapitating machine over peoples heads and that's fine.

They'll end up killing someone with it, without a doubt.

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Funny-ironic to apply the label "anti-fascist" to people who are a whole lot more fascist than their enemies. But that's two bunches of clowns: nothing to worry about for the rest of us.

Tragic that all the while our elected government has been giving us fascism for real, and reversing centuries of increasing liberty.

That the police should ask for a police state is fair: it's their job, and they have to take a negotiating position. That the government should grant it all and then more is another story.

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Derbyshire Police is believed to have rented the drone from another force for the day at a cost of £500.

Thats the funniest bit, theyre all public sector. I'll bet the paperwork and admin to 'rent' it cost more than £500.

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I could be taking a few kites (*to fly) at my next protest.

It could be fun to take a few catapults and an air rifle to the next protest.

I cant tell which ones are the Fascists.

BNP?

Police?

UAF?

All of the above?

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Derbyshire Police is believed to have rented the drone from another force for the day at a cost of £500.

Thats the funniest bit, theyre all public sector. I'll bet the paperwork and admin to 'rent' it cost more than £500.

Just wait for the 250K compensation after it flies into a demonstrator!

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Funny that the leading edge technology is used to suppress the indigenous people rather than the other mob of medieval religious fanatics that hate British values, treat women like crap and blow their fellow citizens up.

Exactly how many suicide bombers and car bombs have the BNP been linked to in Britain to date? Why the disproportionate reaction to them? Maybe the government and police fear that they might strike a chord with the long suffering voiceless majority of people with ancestry in the British Isles.

Go to any other countyr in the world and there are special progams to assist the indigenous people, not like in Britain where you almost have to apologise for waving a Union Jack flag.

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Funny that the leading edge technology is used to suppress the indigenous people rather than the other mob of medieval religious fanatics that hate British values, treat women like crap and blow their fellow citizens up.

Exactly how many suicide bombers and car bombs have the BNP been linked to in Britain to date? Why the disproportionate reaction to them? Maybe the government and police fear that they might strike a chord with the long suffering voiceless majority of people with ancestry in the British Isles.

Go to any other countyr in the world and there are special progams to assist the indigenous people, not like in Britain where you almost have to apologise for waving a Union Jack flag.

I think I may have misheard it, but on Fivelive this morning they were talking about a new BBC comedy about a group of Muslim suicide bombers in Derby I think? Did I hear that right?

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Wonder what they found?

Mass Graves?

Gas Chambers?

Doomsday machines?

Production lines of Aryan supersoldiers?

or just a load of drunk idiots listening to bad music?

They observed a huge group of brutish people in strange uniforms tooled up to the nines looking for trouble, but they soon realised they'd just flown over the riot squad.

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Maplin have remote control helicopters for about £50, you could buy 10 for their one

I know that the protesters have their own teams filming the police.

I bet it wont be long before they get their own remote control helicopter filming the police.

And then the police will fit little missiles to their helicopter to shoot the protesters helicopter down.

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Cheap remote control plane trailing something behind it obviously painted in Kamakazi colours would be a laugh.

It could be pretty difficult to see who was controlling it.

Imagine a dogfight over a demonstration.

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Oh its just inevitable that some farmer-protester with a shotgun will just blast it out of the sky.

Probably sell the bits on ebay.

Surprised it hasn't happened already... :ph34r:

Edit: Oh and as it is remote controlled some radio ham will come along and jam the frequency at the point when it is travelling at some speed, and it'll either crash or more likely continue along its path until it hits the north sea, then ditch :lol:

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You're not even allowed to fly a single engined helicopter over London, yet the Police are allowed to fly a small, unstable, low flying decapitating machine over peoples heads and that's fine.

They'll end up killing someone with it, without a doubt.

If you had the money, it wouldn't be too difficult to create your own mini flying machine, disguised as a police surveillance craft. It sets a dangerous precedent since terrorists now have the perfect cover for flying a "device" into a strategic target.

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You're not even allowed to fly a single engined helicopter over London, yet the Police are allowed to fly a small, unstable, low flying decapitating machine over peoples heads and that's fine.

They'll end up killing someone with it, without a doubt.

The post mortem will show otherwise :ph34r:

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Maplin have remote control helicopters for about £50, you could buy 10 for their one

If it supports the weight of a video mobile phone, one could spy on the Police for not much money!

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