Drug delivery drones becoming a ‘real challenge’ for Bristol prison


Drones being used to deliver drugs to a prison in Bristol are a growing problem, according to Sarah Smith, the substance misuse strategy lead at the prison in Horfield.

A report from Bristol Live detailed how she told a court that it was difficult to prevent the deliveries from happening due to the prison being located near to residential homes.

Ordinarily, drones can be disabled using an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) but this method is difficult for HMP Bristol as it could leave nearby residents in blackout.

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Ms Smith told the court: “Drones are a real challenge. There is a significant amount of work being undertaken in terms of security and technology around drones.”

She continued: “Bristol is in a challenging position, being a city centre prison and there is currently tech we can’t apply because it will affect the neighbours.”

A prisoner at HMP Bristol recently died following an overdose on drugs, a problem which is becoming widespread because of more frequent deliveries.

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