Watch: UK Police Use Drone to Catch Deer Poachers


The UK is famous for many things but an abundance of exotic wildlife isn’t one of them. Which means the police have to take special measures to keep what little they do have intact.

Lincolnshire Police have a fleet of drones to help with event security, tactical operations and more. Over the weekend one was deployed above woods in Beckingham, Lincolnshire. Its heat-detecting camera was able to spot a group of suspected deer poachers, parked and waiting to shoot deer illegally after dark.

It’s safe to say that without the use of a drone and thermal camera, the four arrests would not have been possible. Look closely, you might also spot a hedgehog in the thermal footage:

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UK first responders leading the way with drone applications

Sure, it’s not the most glamorous of anti-poaching stories we’ve seen drones involved with. Lincolnshire is not the Seychelles or the expansive plains of Tanzania. But still, it’s another victory to be celebrated, particularly during a week with more ‘near-misses’ reported and, of course, the misleading but viral drone crash study.

And iIt’s not the first time first responders in the UK have highlighted the potential – crime-fighting and otherwise – of drone technology.

Earlier this month, the same Lincolnshire police force used a drone and thermal camera to find a rape victim who had called in with an approximate location.

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Firefighters also used DJI drones to help survey the wreckage and search for survivors following the Grenfell Tower fire last year.

Malek Murison is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for tech trends and innovation. He handles product reviews, major releases and keeps an eye on the enthusiast market for DroneLife.
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