MP calls for prison signal block in bid to stop inmates using drones

Hatton MP Esther McVey has won backing in her bid to get mobile phone signals cut within prison estates to stop criminals using drones for illegal activity.

Ms McVey is calling for all mobile phone signals to be cut within prison estates to stop criminals carrying out illegal activity, threatening victims and using drones.

Ms McVey, who 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.

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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.

“Does the minister agree with that the way to curb drone activity and stop illegal mobile phone use is to stop phone signals in prison, and will he support my Private Member’s Bill to do that?”

Following the MP’s speech she received backing from the Ministry of Justice.

Justice Minister, Sam Gyimah, said: “I fully support her Private Member’s Bill. It is the right thing we need to deal with the illegal use of mobile phones, which is used to carry on criminal activity from behind bars.”

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