Drone reports in 2017

Lee Ballard made this Freedom of Information request to Port of Tilbury London Police

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Dear Port of Tilbury London Police,

I represent a national directory of commercial drone operators. I am trying to give some clarity to our members on media reports.

It has been reported in the media following an FOI request from a Dr Alan McKenna, that there was a nationwide increase in drone related 101/999 reports in 2017, up 32% on 2016.
Amongst these calls there will be calls from legal drone operators to notify the police of the fact they're operating in an area of risk, say a city centre for example or within a school. There will be calls from people who have lost a drone or had one stolen by someone else. Therefore it's unlikely all the calls related to crimes that were actually being committed using a drone. I seek to clarify this.
Can you answer any of the following:

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? How many were attended by officers and how many led to an arrest?

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

Yours faithfully,

Lee Ballard

Nigel Morgan, Port of Tilbury London Police

Thank you Lee for your recent FOI request
1) Between January 2017 and June 2018 the Port of Tilbury Police have had 3 involvements with Drones with the breakdowns as follows
• x 1 stolen drone that had been found by officers
• x 1 legal operator informing us that they are operating over the Port
• x 1 report of a lost drone after becoming out of control
2) Out of the three involvements above only one involved an offence of theft, with enquiries still on-going into that offence. Officers attended two out of the three involvements.

3) Only two phone calls were received at the Port of Tilbury Police regarding these subject matters

Dear Nigel Morgan,

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Lee Ballard