Surveillance drones are to be used by a leading animal welfare charity to catch people illegally hunting, it emerged on Saturday.
The League Against Cruel Sports will use cameras mounted on remote-controlled aircraft to monitor land previously off-limits.
The charity said it was "excited" to be exploring drone technology and "confident that it will make a fantastic contribution to bringing wildlife criminals to justice."
But it stressed that all its operations were "proportionate, necessary and justified" and were only carried out when there was a "strong possibility of cruel criminality."
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