Government considers U-turn on anti-drone system to prevent prison drug smuggling


The Government in the UK is considering an anti-drone system in a move to help prevent drug smuggling in prisons.

The news comes after successful trials of the technology in Guernsey.

According to a report from The Guardian, the six-month long testing phase on the island has prompted ministers to consider a U-turn on the technology.

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Ministers had been cautious when it came to implementation of the system due to cost, but the prisons minister, Rory Stewart, has now told MPs that officials were considering rolling out the scheme.

He said: “We are looking at an electronic fencing technique which has been deployed in Guernsey. If that electronic fence in Guernsey works, it is a good cheap solution. We need to check out its technical specifications and then we could look at rolling it out.”

The system used in Guernsey has been designed by UK-based firm Drone Defence.

Named SkyFence, the technology is used to block radio signals around a prison whenever drones are detected.

This news will be welcome for many prisons across the country, just yesterday CDP reported on how HMP Bristol saw the drone delivery drug problem as a grown concern.

Read more on that story here:

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

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