Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new police team


Full story courtesy of BBC News

The Prison Service and police are to pool intelligence to stop drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prison inmates in England and Wales.

They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them.

The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for prisons. The national initiative will see police and prison officers share information about the quadcopters and methods used.

Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: “We are absolutely determined to tackle the illegal flow of drugs and mobile phones into our prisons and turn them into places of safety and reform.

“The threat posed by drones is clear but our dedicated staff are committed to winning the fight against those who are attempting to thwart progress by wreaking havoc in establishments all over the country.

“My message to those who involve themselves in this type of criminal activity is clear: we will find you and put you behind bars.”

The Prison Service could not give details about how many officers would be involved, but reports suggested £3m would be spent on the new task force.