'I'm A Celeb' producers contact police over fans' illegal activity

The team behind I’m A Celeb 2020 have called Welsh police over illegal drone activity by fans in Abergele, where the show is currently being filmed. Fans have been flouting regulations by flying drones over Gwrych Castle in an attempt to get a sneaky look at the campmates and Ant and Dec.

'I'm A Celeb' producers contact police over fans' illegal activity
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'I'm A Celeb' producers contact police over fans' illegal activity

Filming I’m A Celeb 2020 in North Wales’ Gwrych Castle instead of deep in the Australian jungle has thrown up yet another unexpected hiccup as fans have been illegally flying drones over the castle in an effort to spot the cast. The team behind the show have stepped in by contacting Welsh police.

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Confirming the complaint, North Wales Police’s Drone Unit tweeted this week:

We have engaged with a number of people flying or attempting to fly drones in the vicinity of Abergele and Gwrych Castle. Please remember to follow the Drone Code and do not fly within 150 metres of a built up area.

What is the Drone Code?

The Drone Code is a set of rules published by the Civil Aviation Authority that drone users must follow. It includes various safety rules that must be adhered to such as never flying closer than 50m to people, buildings, cars, trains or boats and never flying directly over built-up areas or crowds of people.

Increased aerial activity for I’m A Celeb 2020

As well as the usual restrictions on drones, an increased aerial activity warning was issued to pilots for the duration of I’m A Celeb 2020 filming. The notice warned that there would be ‘mass aircraft movement’ in the area surrounding Gwrych Castle and said that any pilots who wish to use the airspace until December 5th have to ‘coordinate with the sponsor.’

The first episode of I’m A Celeb 2020 saw the campmates making a dramatic entrance in separate, socially-distanced helicopters–although fans were left baffled when they all immediately hugged each other upon getting out. With the airspace warning in place until the end of the series, we wouldn’t be surprised if we see more challenges with an aerial element–bad news for those celebs with a fear of heights…

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