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Chesterfield man charged after drone being flown over football match

A man from Chesterfield has been charged with several offences in connection with a drone being flown over a football match.

Lewis Franks, of Allsops Place in Chesterfield, is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on 8 June.

The 27-year-old has been charged with flying a drone above assemblies of people, flying beyond visual line of sight, failing to register as a drone operator and failing to display Operator ID on the drone used by a remote pilot.

Those charges are in connection with an incident at Chesterfield Football Club’s Technique Stadium at 5.20pm on Sunday 7 May when the match referee took the players off the pitch after a drone was spotted flying above the stadium.

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