Meanwhile several members of the public have contacted their local force to raise concerns that drones were being used for snooping. In one instance, a device was said to have been flown over a garden repeatedly while girls were sunbathing.
Alarmingly criminals are also suspected of using drones to “scope out” properties ahead of break-ins. In one case, a burglary was reported after a drone was seen hovering over houses, while in others residents contacted police to report suspicions.
Drones have also been used to drop drugs and other contraband into prison grounds, the findings showed. In one instance, substances previously known as “legal highs” were flown into a jail. Last year, forces recorded 3,456 incidents, equivalent to nearly 10 every day. This was almost triple the 2015 figure of 1,237 and more than 12 times the 2014 tally of 283.