man has appeared in court docket charged with flying a drone above a soccer match – inflicting the sport to be halted.
Lewis Franks, 27, allegedly flew a drone above Chesterfield’s Approach Stadium in Derbyshire at 5.20pm on Might 7 in the course of the membership’s sport towards Bromley within the Nationwide League play-off semi-final.
Referee Scott Simpson took the gamers off the pitch for a number of minutes, in step with security protocols, earlier than the gadget was seen to land, police mentioned.
Franks appeared earlier than magistrates in Derby on Thursday.
Sporting a darkish raincoat over a white shirt and black tie, he spoke solely to substantiate his identify and provides his private particulars.
No pleas had been entered in the course of the 10-minute listening to and the case was adjourned.
Franks, of Allsops Place, Chesterfield, was given unconditional bail to look subsequent at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court docket on June 19.
He’s charged with flying a drone above assemblies of individuals, flying past visible line of sight, failing to register as a drone operator and failing to show an operator ID on the drone utilized by a distant pilot.