Tourist lands in trouble after crashing drone inside Rome’s Colosseum

Police in Rome seized a drone and reported its owner, a 40-year-old Polish man, after he crashed it inside the Colosseum.

Tourist lands in trouble after crashing drone inside Rome's Colosseum
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Ticket staff at the entrance reportedly warned the man that flying the drone was not allowed inside the ancient amphitheatre, a World Heritage Site. Staff then called the police when he activated it once inside, Italian media reports.
The man lost control of the device within seconds and it crashed into steps inside the monument, fortunately without causing any damage or injuries.
Police charged the man with failure to comply with the no-fly zone in force in the capital.
Last year a Chinese tourist also got into trouble with police for trying to fly a drone over the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
Despite no-fly rules in the capital, drone videos of central Rome are regularly posted online.
Like Rome's other famous monuments, the Colosseum is more frequently a target for vandalism and graffiti by visitors.

Member comments

  1. This happens way too often in Italy with idiot tourists, damaging and stealing from ancient monuments and disregarding rules. There needs to be heavier penalties to discourage the next wave of morons.

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 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

Italian police on Saturday arrested a mafia member suspected of killing two alleged Chinese prostitutes and a Colombian sex worker in Rome, local media reported.

 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

The bodies of the two Chinese women were discovered in a residential building in the upmarket Prati district on Thursday morning, while the body of the South American was found in an apartment in the same neighbourhood an hour later.

All three victims were stabbed, according to Italian media reports.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, footage from surveillance cameras allowed police to identify 51-year-old Giandavide De Pau, who had been prosecuted in the past for drug trafficking and sexual assault.

The suspect is reportedly a member of a mafia clan headed by Michele Senese, who is currently serving a life sentence. De Pau is believed to have been one of Senese’s closest collaborators, acting as his personal driver and handyman.

In 2008 and 2011, the suspect had also spent time in a psychiatric hospital.

It is unknown whether the suspected killer was carrying out a mafia hit or acting alone, possibly under the influence of drugs, which were found at the home of some family members where he is believed to have sought refuge after the police manhunt got underway, Corriere della Sera reported.

Several newspapers had warned of a possible “serial killer” in the Italian capital.

The body of one of the Chinese victims was spotted by a neighbour where it lay, naked on a landing. The woman, believed to be in her 40s, had suffered head and stomach injuries, the newspaper said.

When police entered her apartment, they found the body of the second Chinese woman.

Nobody in the building appeared to have heard the murders take place, according to residents.

“Everybody knew there was a house of ill repute here, I’d see people arriving at 2:00 am, 3:00 am,” a woman who lived in the building told reporters.

The body of the Colombian, who was 65, was found by a friend, Corriere della Sera said.