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Hong Kong pop star Jacky Cheung’s Chinese fan detained for using drone to film his concert

Plan backfires for engineer who didn’t want to pay the price of admission so used his technical skills to enjoy a performance by his Hong Kong idol

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 2:19pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 2:46pm

A devoted Jacky Cheung fan landed himself in hot water after using a drone to film a concert by his idol in central China rather than pay the admission fee, local media reported.

The man, identified only by his surname Shen, was detained for five days by police for disturbing the order of a “large-scale public activity”, according to a report by www.hnr.cn, a news portal backed by Henan Radio Station.

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He was quoted as saying that he is a huge fan of the Hong Kong-born singer and entertainer, but didn’t want to pay between 380 yuan (US$56) and 1,999 yuan for a ticket to the show, which was held on June 17.

The report said Shen, who works as an engineer in charge of drone photography for a river treatment project in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, watched the video feed of the concert for about half an hour before he was spotted by police and apprehended.

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Police said they saw a drone circling around and hovering above the concert at a local sports centre, and managed to identify the location of its operator after about 30 minutes.

Shen was found outside the east gate of the stadium and detained, the report said.

China has tightened its regulations on the use drone out of security concerns.

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Earlier this month, the Zhengzhou government issued a notice forbidding the flying of aerial vehicles, including drones, close to airports and large-scale public events.

Under the new terms, approval from military aviation authorities is required to fly low-speed and small aerial vehicles, and strict restrictions on flying time and location have to be obeyed.