The government of the United Kingdom will announce the introduction of a draft drone bill, to be published next spring.
The proposed bill will mean drone pilots will have to register and sit safety awareness tests as part of plans to regulate their use.
The new measures will also give police the right to ground drones or to seize drone parts to prove the device has been used to commit a crime.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for criminal misuse of drones, Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy, said: “Police forces are aware of the ever increasing use of drones by members of the public and we are working with all relevant partners to understand the threats that this new technology can pose when used irresponsibly or illegally.
“Do not take this lightly – if you use a drone to invade people’s privacy or engage in disruptive behaviour, you could face serious criminal charges.”
Banning drones from flying near airports or above 400ft could also form part of the new regulations