Arrests after drug carrying drone spotted close to Bovingdon’s prison

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Four men have been arrested after a member of the public reported seeing people flying a drone close to the perimeter walls of Bovingdon’s Mount prison.

Officers were called to Chesham Road at 10am on Sunday, June 21 and four men were searched.

Library image: An example of what a drone looks like.

Library image: An example of what a drone looks like.

A drone and a quantity of suspected Class A drugs were seized.

The men aged 28, 30 and two aged 29, all from Blackburn, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Det Insp Sam Khanna said: “We are exploring the possibility that the intention was to use the drone to deposit drugs inside the prison.

“We work very closely with the prison to ensure the illegal transfer of items into the ground does not happen. Officers regularly patrol the area and I would urge anyone who witnesses any suspicious behaviour around the prison to contact police immediately, via 999 if you suspect a crime is in progress or via 101 for all non-emergencies.”

The men have been released on police bail and are due to return in August.

>In March this year, a police investigation was launched after a drone believed to be carry drugs and other contraband items was discovered trapped in perimeter netting at Bedford Prison.

The failed attempt to infiltrate the prison using a remote controlled aircraft was believed to be the first crime of its kind in the UK.