A MUSSELBURGH man has appeared in court accused of being in control of a drone which was seen flying over Edinburgh city centre.

David Louden is alleged to have flown the unmanned surveillance aircraft over the capital’s Cockburn Street last July.

Louden, 31, is also alleged to have disregarded regulations concerning flying drones by operating it within 150 metres of a congested area.

Cockburn Street is within the city’s Old Town area and is just yards from the world-famous tourist attraction Edinburgh Castle and shopping thoroughfare Princes Street.

The case against Louden, of Kennedy Court, called at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Wednesday, where solicitor Euan Gosney asked for a continuation without plea.

Sheriff Peter McCormack agreed to adjourn the case without plea to next month.

Louden is alleged to have been in charge of an unmanned surveillance aircraft and to have flown the drone over and within 150m of a congested area at Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, on July 5 last year.