The Government has introduced a new framework designed to stamp out drones being used in and near prisons.
The Ministry of Justice has enlisted drone specialist Skydroid to help prevent unmanned vehicles being used to deliver contraband, such as phones, drugs and weapons, to prisons.
The Salisbury-based company has been awarded a £237,000 to develop a drone-based system that will prevent other UAVs flying into prison grounds and near windows.
The company, which is currently having its website revamped, could not be reached for comment.
It has been reported that the new policing drone service from Skydroid will roll out from April 1.
This development comes after 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.
Ms McVey, who called for all mobile phone signals to be cut within prison estates to stop criminals carrying out illegal activity, referenced a spike in drone-related crime carried out from Styal Prison, urged the Government to support her call to ban all mobile phone signals in prisons to end the problem.
She said: “Having recently met with the governor of Styal Prison in my constituency, drones are becoming an increasing problem in prison, as is the illegal use of mobile phones.
“The two are linked together as the mobile phones give greater frequency and accuracy for drone activity.”