Airspace restriction to be imposed over Blenheim Palace with police helicopter and drones to be deployed

Police drones will enforce air restrictions over Blenheim Palace during the European Political Community meeting
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Airspace restrictions will be implemented over Blenheim Palace and London Oxford Airport due to the European Political Community meeting, organised by the UK Government, on July 18. In order to ensure a smooth event - one that witnesses various leaders from across Europe - Thames Valley Police is closely co-operating with stakeholders. The aim is to minimise any disruption to the local community.

Between the dates of July 14 to 18 , aircraft including drones, will have restricted airspace over and around the palace as well as the airport, emergencies being the only exception. Inspector Simon Hills, from the Joint Operations Unit, said: “We have a significant security operation in place at Blenheim Palace with the visit of leaders from around Europe.

“As is typical for events of this scale, we are putting in a significant airspace restriction to keep the attendees and the local community safe. We will be using police drones and support from the National Police Air Service in the area to enforce the restricted airspace.

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“This is part of our layered security plans around the meeting to keep the attendees and local community safe. We will have options available to us to enforce these restrictions and deal with anybody who fails to adhere to the restrictions.

“If you notice anything suspicious in the air or on the ground, please report this to police. You can speak to an officer, make a report online or call 101. If something is taking place now, always call 999.

“We are absolutely committed to keeping those at the meeting and our local community safe, before, during and immediately after the event, and restricted airspace is one of many tactics our security operation has in place to ensure that we do so.” More details can be found here.