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Drone launched into London's skies as part of Met Police trial to support cases

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be used to support a number of incidents such as high risk missing people and pre-planned operations

The drone will be used in a number of operations(Image: Metropolitan Police)

The Metropolitan Police is launching a drone into the skies of the capital as part of an eight-week trial to support a number of policing operations.

From Monday (September 11) the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an Aeryon Skyranger, will roam London's skies dealing with incidents in which air support would be beneficial, in cases such as high risk missing people , serious traffic collisions, weapon sweeps and searches for suspects.

The drone will be able to send live footage of operational deployments to support officers with decision making as well as providing support from the air in pre-planned and spontaneous firearms operations.

The UAV has the ability to send back live footage to officers on the ground(Image: Metropolitan Police)

The drone is being loaned to the force by Sussex Police and its purpose will be similar to that of a police helicopter, but officers say its small size will be advantageous with an ability to cope with a wider variety of incidents, as well as being able to operate indoors and in difficult weather conditions.

Commander Simon Bray said: "UAVs are already being used by police forces across the UK; the MPS currently owns one for examining crime scenes.

"We are committed to working with technology that can assist our officers with the wide range of often difficult and dangerous incidents they deal with on a daily basis.

"Today we are starting an eight-week trial of the drone, which we hope will assist officers with both day-to-day policing and complex pre-planned operations."

At the end of the two month trial period, a comprehensive analysis will take place.

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