Eagles to tackle drones

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 12:25

The Metropolitan Police have announced that they are considering using eagles to intercept drones amid concerns the aircraft are increasingly used to commit crime. Following trials in Netherlands, the force has shown interest in using the birds of prey.
Drones - pilot-less aircraft which are controlled remotely - are already used by police forces to capture footage on difficult terrain, including cliffs, but concerns have been raised that criminals also using the new technology.
In November, guards of the Ministry of Justice recovered a drone used to smuggle mobile phones, SIM cards and drugs into the grounds of HMP Manchester.
The the first five months alone of 2015 , the MoJ reported nine attempts to use drones to infiltrate prisons in England and Wales.
A Met Police spokesman said: "As would be expected in an organisation that is transforming, we take an interest in all innovative new ideas and will of course be looking at the work of the Dutch police use of eagles." The birds pf prey would consider these drones as prey themselves and would help in taking down any suspect aircraft.

Check out this video of the eagle in action: