A talking drone was used by police to break up a group of 30 people not abiding by social distancing guidelines.

Surrey Police said the “sky talk” drone, which was used in Walton-on-Thames on Friday morning, allowed the force to communicate without putting officers at additional risk.

The drone told the group: “Attention this a police message. You are gathering in breach of government guidelines to stay at home in response to the coronavirus. You are putting lives at risk. Please disperse immediately and return home.”

The plea was effective and the group left the area, the force said.

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