Published On: Mon, Apr 1st, 2024
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Jeremy Vine’s April fools prank goes horribly wrong as it’s reported to police | UK | News


Jeremy Vine’s April Fools prank went horribly wrong after people reported him to the police.

The broadcaster shared a video today which appeared to show a bird of prey smashing into his drone while he was cycling through Hyde Park in London.

He posted a clip on X (formerly Twitter) with the caption: “WHAT THE HELL – using a drone for today’s early cycle ride, and it got taken out by a hawk or red kite in HYDE PARK FFS. Smashed to bits, £400 gone in a second.”

Vine revealed hours later that it was an April Fool’s Day joke but not before X users had reported him to the Met Police, the RSPCA, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Royal Parks.

The video was seemingly so convincing that it even tricked political commentator and bird enthusiast, Matthew Stadlen.

He said: “This is incredible footage. It’s definitely not a red kite and doesn’t look like a sparrowhawk.

“Too big for a kestrel and wrong colouring. Looks like a buzzard to me. Didn’t know we had them in Hyde Park.”

When he realised it was a prank, he said: “Ah. An April Fool. This is the greatest blow Twitter has ever delivered to me.”

UAS Flight Ops, a drone operating company, accused Vine of breaking laws which forbid people from flying a drone “without maintaining visual sight at all times”.

The company added that Hyde Park is within a restricted airspace area which requires permission from diplomatic protection and the Civil Aviation Authority.

A spokesman for the company, later said: “Yes I missed the fact that it’s April Fools’ Day but the warped horizon can be created carrying a 360 camera on a drone and there are so many people currently flouting the laws and not being held accountable!”

Vine said he had actually been using a helmet camera, posting: “Because I’ve now apparently been reported to the Met, RSPCA, the CAA and the Royal Parks, I should clarify I was NOT flying a drone and no wildlife was involved.

“It was just an Insta360 camera. I wasn’t ready for the level of flag-related anger. #AprilFoolsDay”



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