Jail junkies get­ting dope from drones

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

DRONES are be­ing used to smug­gle drugs, mo­bile phones and other banned items into pris­ons.

Fig­ures show that in 2013 none of the un­manned crafts were dis­cov­ered in or around pris­ons in Eng­land and Wales.

But in 2014 this rose to two in­ci­dents, and then rock­eted to 33 in 2015 – an in­crease of 1,550 per cent.

Items dis­cov­ered in­clude just the drones them­selves, drugs, mo­bile phones and charg­ers, and USB drives.

Pris­ons most af­fected by drone in­ci­dents be­tween 2014 and 2015 were Onley in Northamp­ton­shire, top­ping the list with four, fol­lowed by Lind­holme, Ranby and Swansea on three.

Bed­ford, Wandsworth and Manch­ester clocked two each.

The Min­istry of Jus­tice said: “We have in­tro­duced new leg­is­la­tion to fur­ther strengthen our pow­ers, mak­ing it il­le­gal to land a drone in prison or to use a drone to drop in psy­choac­tive sub­stances.” MI5 used to own spe­cial ket­tles

that it used specif­i­cally for steam­ing open

en­velopes

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