BBC drone filming gaff sparks security breach concerns

An unmanned aerial vehicle was cause for alarm after a BBC production crew flew the camera-enabled system over a high-security prison.

The UAV, which was being used to film as part of an undisclosed project for the broadcasting house, sparked safety concerns after it flew over Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Lincolnshire.

The drone use near the prison, which houses convicted foreign nationals, comes after an MP lobbied to implement signal blocks at UK prisons to prevent inmates using mobile devices to control unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Commercial Drone Professional previously reported that Hatton MP Esther McVey won backing in her bid to get mobile phone signals cut within prison estates to stop criminals using drones for illegal activity.

According to the Sun, the police were notified of the vehicle and the incident as well as the Ministry of Justice and Home Office.

It has since been reported that the BBC production crew had all the necessary permits and had not breached any UK airspace regulations.

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