Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new police team

Media captionWatch a drone deliver drugs and mobile phones to London prisoners in April 2016

The Prison Service and police are to pool intelligence to stop drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prison inmates in England and Wales.

They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them.

The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for prisons.

But critics have called the plan a “red herring” to distract people from “chaos and crisis” in prisons.

The national initiative will see police and prison officers share information about the quadcopters and methods used.

Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: “We are absolutely determined to tackle the illegal flow of drugs and mobile phones into our

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