Sunday, April 24, 2016

Prison officers capture drug-smuggling drone at a notorious London prison


SMUGGLERS tried to land a drone carrying phones and drugs at a notorious London prison.

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INNOVATION: Crafty criminals are using drones to smuggle drugs into prisons

The tiny aircraft was spotted by staff but has raised fears the devices are being widely used to ship contraband to inmates.

The four-engined drone landed outside Golf Wing at HMP Pentonville.

Eagle-eyed staff grabbed the gadget and disabled it.

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NICE TRY: A four-engined drone landed outside Golf Wing at HMP Pentonville

The drone is believed to have been transporting the deadly legal high Spice, Sim cards and mobiles.

Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said: “Another week, another drone. A few years back, this method of smuggling was nonexistent but now it is an everyday occurrence.

“The use of drones to evade security at jails is now out of control.

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SPACIOUS: Pentonville has room for 1,310 prisoners

“A few years back, this method of smuggling was nonexistent but now it is an everyday occurrence”

Glyn Travis, Prison Officers Association


“The POA is calling on the Government to reverse financial cuts and give us the staff we need. Without adequate staffing, the threat of drones and other smuggling methods will get worse.”

An internal Pentonville document states: “At approximately 23.50hrs a drone landed outside Golf Wing. It contained a quantity of mobile phones, Sim cards and drugs.

“The police have been notified.”

Recently, a drone was used to smuggle items into HMP Featherstone, Staffs.

It had been transporting bolt cutters, phones and drugs.

It is feared the bolt cutters were for an escape bid. Figures for last year show 33 drones were discovered in or around jails in England and Wales.

There were no incidents in 2013, and only two in 2014.

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Pentonville has room for 1,310 prisoners.

Famous ex-inmates include pop stars Boy George and George Michael.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “On Wednesday, March 23 staff at HMP Pentonville successfully intercepted a package.

“The incident is being investigated by the police.”

Source: UK Daily Star

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