Police trial drone to catch rural criminals

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An aerial drone will be trialled by Lincolnshire Police as part of efforts to tackle rural crime, including illegal hare coursing on farms.

About £16,000 is being invested in the first drone, which includes the thermal camera, training and licences.

The unmanned aerial vehicle will be trialled this month before the £150,000 force-wide rollout of a fleet of drones later this year.

Each drone will have a permitted flying range of about 500m and police will take them to launch areas in the back of vehicles.

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The project is part of a new Rural Community Safety Plan developed by the force in response to calls from Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Marc Jones.

The first drone will undergo a series of

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