Merseyside Police has welcomed the five year sentence of a man for attempting to fly a drone containing prohibited items in HMP Liverpool.
Named as 29-year-old Anthony Cheeney and sentenced this week at Liverpool Crown Court, police confirmed that the crime took place at around 9pm in August 31 in 2017.
A statement from police described how officers sighted a drone close to HMP Liverpool on Hornby Road and went on to detail how the drone was observed crashing nearby and was recovered.
On recovery, police say they found Class A and B drugs, mobile phones and sim cards attached, all of which were seized.
Enquiries then led to the identification of Cheeney and he was arrested and charged with conveying prohibited articles into prison.
Speaking after the sentencing, detective constable Chris Cook said: “These sentences demonstrate the effective partnership working between Merseyside Police and the prison service.
He continued: “We are vigilant at all times to attempts to bring items into our prisons, and this and previous sentences should send a message to those who involve themselves in this kind of behaviour that they run the risk of being jailed for a significant time for criminal activity, which comes at high risk with low reward.”
He went on to add: “The security of prisons is of paramount importance and any attempts to breach this security will be treated extremely seriously. Anyone attempting to bring contraband into a prison will be dealt with robustly to identify, not only those outside of the prison but also those inmates who seek to bypass the law.”