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Nigel Wilson is accused of flying a drone over over Buckingham Palace on 27 September 2014Getty

A man has been summoned to appear in court accused of illegally flying drones over Buckingham Palace and football grounds across the country.

Nigel Wilson, 42, is accused of breaching the Air Navigation Act 2009 after allegedly flying an unmanned surveillance aircraft over several famous UK sites.

Wilson, from Nottingham, is alleged to have flown the device over the Palace of Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace.

He is also accused of flying a drone over several football league stadiums while matches were being played, including at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London and Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.

Wilson has also been accused of flying drones over Derby Stadium, the Nottingham Forest Stadium, Stoke City's Britannia Stadium, and the King Power Stadium, where Leicester City play.

Wilson has been summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court 16 April. The summons relates to allegations that he "did not maintain direct, unaided visual contact with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft to monitor its flight path in relation to persons and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions and flying a small unmanned surveillance aircraft over a congested area".

All the offences are alleged to have taken place between 13 September and 2 December 2014.