PARTY guests were left shocked and upset after a drone hovered over the event filming for close to half an hour.

Charlie Harris from Bredy Farm said the party was in one of the farm fields near Shipton Gorge on Saturday when they noticed the drone filming at quite low levels.

He said it was the second incident of a drone filming over the farm and he'd reported both incidents to the police.

Mr Harris said: "We have had an incident this weekend, whereby a drone was flown over Bredy Gate and was seen to be filming our guests, including naked and semi-naked children that were staying in the field.

"Our guests were horrified and also stated that the drone was being flown erratically and could have caused serious injury.

"They have reported that they were being filmed for at least 25 minutes by the drone. They will be writing a formal and detailed complaint about the incident which will be passed on to the police.

"We have reported this incident to the police,

"It is completely illegal to film children without parental permission and this is also a huge invasion of privacy to our guests who were hosting a private birthday party."

He said the same drone was also seen to be flying over their orchard on the previous Thursday evening, and they think it must be being flown by someone living nearby in the village.

He added: "The police are investigating the incident, but if anyone has any information or would like to come forward to the police with the footage so that it can be disposed of and the situation dealt with appropriately, then we suggest they do this as soon as possible."

Delia Adey from Bristol said she'd thought at first it might have been one of the teenage boys at the party but was upset to find out it was someone without permission doing so.

She said: "At the time I was totally unaware that the drone had a camera on it and did not belong to one of our party. There were plenty of kids with us of a variety of ages and I thought it may have been one of the teenage boys.

"To find out that it did have a camera on it and was being used by no one we knew who did not had permission is shocking.

"The drone hovered for about 20 minutes at quite a low level."

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "We were called at 3.57pm on Sunday July9 to reports that a drone had been filming a private party at an address in Shipton Gorge.

"Enquires with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to establish the owner of the drone are ongoing."

The Civil Aviation Authority spokesman said there clear rules on flying drones - they were not to be flown within 50 metres of people or property and the operator must at all times keep the drone in sight.

The spokesman added that filming children would be a matter for police.

The advice from the Information Commission is that the users of drones with cameras should operate them in a responsible way to respect the privacy of others. Operators should let people know they are being filmed, it says.