Drones and motorcycles on nature areas: threat, harm and risk
|Attilla is allowed|
|Motorcycles not allowed|
Leaving the nature reserve coincided with the timely arrival of the Surrey Police at the county boundary. But the anti-social behaviour that I was attempting to report hadn't put me at Risk, Threat or Harm, which was a requirement to trigger investigation.
Nature is everything, it gives us all we need (food, water, air, soil) it is the basis of our economy (food, commodities, minerals etc.) keeps us sane (beauty and healing space) we cannot report its abuse, unless we have been under threat, harm or risk.
However, with a recent escalation in criminal activity the Metropolitan police have been told by the community that Tolworth Court Farm is something the would like to see prioritised and they have been working with their counterparts in the Epsom and Ewell teams so hopefully we can get greater coordination.
Drones, I have since discovered through the helpful Police Constable Ben Styles from the Tolworth Safer Neighbourhoods Scheme, technically speaking, should have a camera. It is a little difficult to unpick the current situation with the flying club, but it may be that they do have permission.
There are two sets of regulations which apply to the use of drones in the UK, whether they are being used for commercial or recreational purposes:
The UK’s aviation regulations which are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
The UK’s data protection regulations are enforced by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
You can find details about the requirements to fly a drone commercially from the CAA at
For more information about drone and data protection, visit the ICO’s website at