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Eagles could be used to down drones over Game of Thrones sets

Eagles could be used to thwart Game of Thrones fans using drones to spy behind the scenes of the fantasy epic, it has emerged.

Belfast Live previously revealed fears over the mini-crafts hovering above sets in Northern Ireland.

Signs were erected close to the filming studios in Titanic Quarter, East Belfast, warning of a “no-fly zone”.

More than a year later, the security firm now tasked with keeping the show’s stars safe and plot lines secret has revealed they are still embroiled in an aerial battle.

And it is understood the use of birds of prey are being considered to smash the drones out of the sky.

Noah Price, head of solutions development at G4S UK, said: “We are trying to keep up with the technology just like everyone else.

“It is a huge challenge for everyone in the security industry.”



The signs previously erected

The use of birds to take out drones is being tested by Dutch police, while other options include jamming equipment, nets or shooting them down.

The problem is said to have worsened, with the cost of drones having dropped and the devices becoming more sophisticated.

Mr Price told the Financial Times the use of drones as weapons also poses a serious risk.

In March last year, signs were erected in Titanic Quarter by Select Management and Security Limited which provided security for the HBO show.

Printed in large red letters, they warned: “Drones prohibited in this area”.

They added: “All drone use over this site must be fully in compliance with the Air Navigation Order.

“It is impossible to fly over this site in compliance with the Air Navigation Order due to the specific safety requirements of the site.

“Flying a drone over this site will significantly impact on the safety of those within the site.

“Any pilot of a drone must obtain permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to fly over this site.

“Any access to this site, including by drone, will also be regarded as trespass.”

Would-be drone pilots were warned that police were also involved in keeping the skies above the docklands free from the machines.

Scenes from Game of Thrones have been filmed throughout the country as well as in the Paint Hall studios.

HBO is currently filming the seventh series of Game of Thrones.


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