London, August 16 (ANI): British police, for the first time, used a remote-controlled "flying saucer" at a demonstration in Codnor, Derbyshire.
Officials turned to the aerial cameras to monitor the BNP's Red, White and Blue festival witnessing anti-fascist protests.
The drone, based on military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, is supported by a camera and is operated using a hand-held control panel with two joysticks.
It feeds live images back to a screen on the control unit and was suggested to be a handy device in helping cops supervise public protests.
"A pilotless drone plane will be used to record evidence at the Red, White and Blue festival," the Telegraph quoted a Derbyshire Police spokeswoman as saying.
"The drone, fitted with CCTV cameras, will be used by a trained operator from the manufacturing company.
"It will record any incidents of disorder for evidence-gathering purposes. The drone is similar to a small, model aircraft," she added. (ANI)