Man arrested over drone flown at Manchester City stadium during 4-1 rout of Spurs

Photo released by Greater Manchester Police.

A suspected drone pilot has been arrested after a device was flown over a packed football stadium, police have said on Monday.

The 41-year-old man was held in the car park of an Asda supermarket near Manchester City’s Eastlands Stadium after reports of a drone flying over a stand during the Premier League champions’ 4-1 win against Tottenham on Saturday.

The man, from the Nottingham area, was arrested on suspicion of breaching the air navigation order and bailed for two months, while Greater Manchester Police, who released a photograph of the small white drone, are continuing their investigations.

Chief Inspector Chris Hill said: “The drones could pose a threat to crowd safety and potentially cause alarm in crowded areas.

“Even small drones can weigh up to seven or eight kilograms and could cause damage or injury if they fall from height. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
 

“People may see this as a minor offence but it is a breach of the Air Navigation Order which is prosecuted by the Civil Aviation Authority.” - Chief Inspector Chris Hill ​

The incident comes after a drone with a greater Albanian flag was flown over the stadium during Serbia’s clash with their neighbours in Belgrade.

A Serbian player attempted to grab the flag, which has political significance related to conflict in Kosovo, sparking a brawl between the two sets of players.

A flag with Albanian national symbols attached to a remotely operated drone flies in the stadium during the Euro 2016 group I football match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade on Oct 14, 2014. Photo: AFP 

Serbian fans then invaded the pitch in a bid to attack Albanian players, leading to the match being abandoned.

Operating rules for drones - also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - state that they must never be flown beyond the normal, unaided line of sight of their operator.

UAVs fitted with cameras must always be flown at least 50 metres away from a person, vehicle, building or structure.

They must not be flown within 150 metres of a congested area or large group of people, such as a sporting event or concert. - AFP

 

Not in my backyard! MPs, residents upset at porn star's tour to their cities

A British porn star has been criticised for embarking on a tour of the UK in which she has sex with members of the public in the back of a lorry.

A public backlash against sex in the city is stirring MPs and residents in some parts of Britain into action.

They're upset that a British porn star who is touring the country and having sex with members of the public in the back of a lorry is visiting their area and they are unable to do anything about it.

This should not be allowed, irate locals tell the media. Not in my backyard, anyway.

More than 2,000 men, women, and couples applied to have sex with Rebecca More during her nationwide tour for adult TV channel Television X, newspaper Mirror reported.

Twenty winners have been chosen for the stunt.

Bragging on social media

The tour began in Birmingham on Friday (Oct 17).

It headed to Manchester and Leeds at the weekend and will visit Southampton before ending in London on Saturday (Oct 25).

Some of those involved in the tour, including Mathew Whelan, Britain’s most-tattooed man, have been sharing pictures on social media

He's also known as Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite.

 

A furious Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, criticised the stunt.

He told the Birmingham Mail:

"It obviously sends out the message that this kind of thing goes on in Birmingham.

That’s not the right message for the city to send out and it creates a negative image of Birmingham.

We can’t confront what happens in a van, but I would urge the local authority to ensure that it doesn’t in any way affect our communities and young people."

 

The newspaper said Birmingham city council claimed it hadn’t received an application for the lorry used in the filming to be housed in any public squares in the city.

'Not the sort of thing we want'

Leeds resident Thomas Richards told the Mirror: “It’s outrageous and a disgraceful way for people to degrade themselves.”

“It hardly promotes safe sex, queuing up in a line with a load of strangers to get your end away.

“I’m surprised this is even allowed, it’s bordering on prostitution.” - Leeds resident Thomas Richards

According to the paper, the tour is set to end in Camden, where a local councillor said: “It sounds horrible. … It does not sound like the sort of thing we want in Camden.”

Sources: Twitter, Mirror, Birmingham Mail

 

Tags: residents, MPs and porn star

Blind rescues a point for Manchester United as they sputter against West Brom

Daley Blind curling his shot pass the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper to rescue a point for Manchester United.

Daley Blind rescued spluttering Manchester United with a dramatic late equaliser in Monday’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Albion had twice led through Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino, but United avoided an embarrassing defeat as substitute Marouane Fellaini equalised with his first United goal before Blind scored the second leveller in the 87th minute to ensure Louis van Gaal’s side stretched their unbeaten run to three matches.

United’s erratic display was another reminder to van Gaal that his team remain very much a work in progress.

They are without an away league win this season, suggesting they are a long way from rivalling Manchester City and Chelsea for the title this term.

“I’m very disappointed because we played our best match of the season and the result is not good enough.We could have won but that does not count in our world. We gave it away which is a pity because we could have had a new start if we had won.” - Louis van Gaal after the match.

United sit sixth in the Premier League table - already 10 adrift of leaders Chelsea and just three ahead of the Baggies, who were excellent value for their point following a display which provided further evidence they are progressing under head coach Alan Irvine.

The home side went ahead courtesy of a stunning strike from Ste​phane Sessegnon. 

Van Gaal is unlikely to have been too impressed with Luke Shaw’s defending as the England left-back allowed Andre Wisdom to charge from his own half deep into United territory.

Wisdom’s clever cut-back was met with a wonderfully whipped first-time effort from Sessegnon at the edge of the area which flew inside the right upright. 


Stephane Sessegnon celebrating scoring his team's first goal. Photo: Reuters

United responded with a brilliant probing ball from Angel Di Maria finding Robin van Persie on the edge of the six-yard area, yet his first-time effort was blocked by Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

In the absence of the suspended Wayne Rooney, United lacked a spark in central areas with Juan Mata and Ander Herrera both not at their best.

Di Maria was more dynamic and the former Real Madrid midfielder forced a smart save from Myhill with a long-range effort.

Fellaini came on at half-time as van Gaal looked to spark his team into life.

It proved an inspired move as the Belgium midfielder required just three minutes to make an impact, controlling a Di Maria cross before bursting past Joleon Lescott and driving a rising shot beyond Myhill at his near post.


Fellaini sends a thumping shot past the West Brom goalkeeper. Photo: Reuters

Having soaked up United’s pressure, the home side then left their opponents stunned with a clinical 66th-minute counter-attack which exposed the defensive frailties that have undermined van Gaal’s team since his pre-season arrival.

Chris Brunt’s threaded ball from midfield dissected the United rearguard far too easily and Berahino, played onside by Rafael, strolled through before calmly slotting inside the right post.

It looked set to be a night of frustration for the visitors, however Blind had other ideas as he curled a pinpoint shot inside Myhill’s near post from the edge of the area to spare United’s blushes.

Related report: Van Gaal feels 'stupid' for giving himself three month target for Man Utd 

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