Police release illegal drone footage as pilot fined £1,500 for flying over rock festival

East Midlands Airport seen in illegal drone video
(Image credit: Derbyshire Consabulary)

Daniel Cesare was found to have flown his drone recklessly and was fined £1,500 (around $1,900 or AU$2,930) by a court on August 25. He flew his DJI Mavic 2, over the Download Festival – headlined by acts including Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, and Metallica. This despite the festival having crowds of nearly 130,000 and being held at Donington Park in the UK – which is in East Midlands Airport's exclusion zone.

The magistrates court heard that the flights took place on June 9 and 10 of this year. He pleaded guilty and was fined £1,008 for the crime itself. Cesare was also fined for failing to display a registration number on his drone, and fined a £403 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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