Can i ask what makes the images become illegal ? Im just an intrigued man here and there is no laws regarding images taken from aircraft or drones at this point ?
The footage clearly shows guests within the path of the drone which makes this a legal grey area.
We have extensive knowledge of the regulations regarding aerial photography around the Alton Towers Resort and based on the footage and photographs we have seen, we cannot be sure that these were taken with the correct safety precautions in place and certainly not with the landowners permission.
Aside from any legal perspective. As per our policy on ride photography, we do not condone any action that places guests in danger. It is primarily this reason which has prompted our decision to remove the photos.
Finally, ATR have made it very clear that they do not like any drones to be flown over their property - we respect their wishes.