Drone, to­bacco and mo­bile phone found on prison roof

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LINDA SILMALIS

SAFE­GUARDS to stop drones breach­ing pris­ons will be ramped up af­ter a bro­ken re­mote-con­trol de­vice, a mo­bile phone and two pack­ets of to­bacco were found on a roof at the coun­try’s tough­est jail.

Author­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter staff at the high-se­cu­rity Goul­burn jail, which is home to some of the na­tion’s worst crim­i­nals, found the items at 9am on Fri­day be­fore hand­ing them over to po­lice.

The ap­par­ent at­tempt to smug­gle con­tra­band us­ing a fly­ing car­rier comes af­ter two sim­i­lar re­cent in­ci­dents.

Last month staff saw a drone above Kempsey jail, while an­other air­borne de­vice was de­tected drop­ping more than 400 steroid capsules into Lith­gow’s cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity.

State Corrections Min­is­ter David El­liott said he would be look­ing into what fur­ther mea­sures could help re­strict drones and air­craft around pris­ons.

“Drones are a threat to the safety and se­cu­rity of of­fi­cers and the cor­rec­tional sys­tem and I will be look­ing at what fur­ther safe­guards can be put in place to fur­ther re­strict the use of drones and other air­craft in the vicin­ity of pris­ons,” he said.

A Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices spokes­woman said the bro­ken drone, two 50g to­bacco pack­ets and a mo­bile phone had been found on the roof of a de­mount­able build­ing that had been moved to the cen­tre from an ex­ter­nal stor­age area.

She said mesh had al­ready been in­stalled in one cor­rec­tional cen­tre ex­er­cise yard to pre­vent such se­cu­rity breaches.

Op­po­si­tion corrections spokesman Guy Zan­gari said the govern­ment had failed to en­force a plan to com­bat drones.

Goul­burn jail.

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