Police forces have been issued with a 28-page guide to how to deal with drones .
The Home Office and Civil Aviation Authority are concerned over misuse, reports the Sunday People.
The advice includes telling officers to attempt to take control of the craft only in “exceptional circumstances”.
Police are instead told to wait until the drone runs out of battery power and falls to the ground.
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Officers are warned not to “criminalise innocent misuse” of drones but are reminded to bear in mind national security, public safety and the prevention of “traditional crime” when drones are involved.
Last month a pilot reported his BA jet was hit by a drone near Heathrow.