Arrests made at Aintree before Grand National over alleged use of drone

Three men have been arrested outside Aintree Racecourse with the trio allegedly using a drone to film the racing.

The Grand National festival is being held behind closed doors this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Though Merseyside Police have been needed with three men spotted on the aptly-named Red Rum Close.

It comes after authorities had warned the public to steer clear of Aintree with the racing going on behind closed doors.

It’s believed the three, aged 54, 52 and 35, were streaming live pictures from a drone to punters.

The pictures would be ahead of what the majority of people see on TV, allowing those who bet to get one-up on the bookies.

A search of a van revealed a large stash of cash with the men arrested on suspicion of offences under the Air Navigation Order and their drone was also seized.

Chief Superintendent Paul White said: "We have a team of officers and partners who are monitoring any drone activity around Aintree racecourse to establish if any offences have been committed.

"On this occasion they detected breaches in legislation which resulted in the three men being arrested and the drone being seized.

"Merseyside Police will continue to seek ways to combat the illegal use of drones to keep the communities of Merseyside safe."

The Grand National is the showpiece race of the Festival with the event beginning at 5.15pm on Saturday.

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