Drone seized by police as Just Stop Oil protesters hit The Open

American golfer Billy Horschel intervened to help remove protesters who invaded the 17th green at Royal Liverpool on the second day of the Open Championship.

The 36-year-old escorted a woman wearing a Just Stop Oil T-shirt covered in orange paint off the green of the Hoylake links and into the custody of a police officer.

Both her and a man wearing a similar T-shirt were both handcuffed and marched off the course by several police officers.

Earlier on Friday, police seized a drone after it was flown into restricted airspace above the course, while one protestor attempted to storm the 17th green during the second round of The Open.

As part of the policing operation for the 151st Open Championship at Hoylake there are strict rules being enforced in order to assist security and protect spectators.

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A Merseyside Police statement said: ‘We were made aware of a drone being flown in the restricted airspace and officers were able to locate the operator and subsequently seize the drone and remind them of the restrictions.’

Chief Superintendent Mark Wiggins, in charge of the policing operation for the event, warned further prosecution was an option if there were further incidents.

‘If you commit an offence and fly a drone within the restricted area without permission, your equipment may be seized and you may render yourself liable to prosecution,’ he said.

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