Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles near prisons

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3282
Question By: 
Kemi Badenoch
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Intelligence officers at the National Offender Management Service recently revealed they were concerned about the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to drop packages containing illicit goods including illegal drugs, mobile phones and weapons into prisons. Has the Metropolitan Police Service dealt with any such instances of UAVs being used near prisons, and what steps have MOPAC taken to prevent such use?

Answer

Answer for Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles near prisons

Answer for Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles near prisons

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There have been five instances of UAVs being used to drop illegal packages into prisons reported to the MPS.  The MPS take all such reports seriously.  Prevention of this and maintenance of prison security is a matter for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).