Scottish cop called officers for help after being chased by a drone, but the point in the sky was actually Jupiter


A Scottish police recruit feared being chased for miles by a drone – but the bright light in the sky was actually a planet.

It was only after a lengthy “chase” that she enlisted the help of senior officers, who told her it was Jupiter – some 365 million kilometers away.

The sleeping PC had left a Glasgow police station around midnight Tuesday and noticed the object in the sky “following” her.

She tried to lose the “drone” as she made her way to the Fort shopping complex, just off the M8.

She called the Scottish Police General Complaints Number 101 and told the call manager that she was being followed by a drone along the M8 and that she “couldn’t lose it”.



The planet Jupiter.

The officer, who is in her first two years of service, was ordered to return to her post where she would be met by a senior officer.

She was found standing in the police yard with her hood up, trying to hide from the “drone” and pointed to the bright white dot in the sky. They told him it was Jupiter, which is often visible on a clear night.

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A police source said: “The story is the speech of the steamie at its station. No one can really believe it. She was very alarmed and afraid to be followed by a drone.

“Everyone was very worried, so you can imagine the flushed face and embarrassment felt when it was pointed out that the bright light following her was a planet millions of miles away.



An officer mistook the planet for a drone.

“It will haunt her for years to come.”

Tom Wood, a retired deputy chief constable with the former Lothian and Border Police, said the story reminded him of a similar incident years ago.

He said, “A young officer discovered an old vase wrapped in a rag and reported it as a Ming Dynasty vase, which is worth thousands. It was not, of course, and from that day forward he was known as “Ming”.

“This young lady will likely end up with a nickname for the rest of her career. The story will be told in the years to come. The real test is how she handles it.

A Scottish Police spokesperson said: “Officers quickly established that there was no crime and were able to reassure the woman involved.”


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