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Drugs dropped into prison by drone seized

Gartree Prison Credit: PA

Police have seized packages of drugs that had been dropped inside a prison - by a remote-controlled DRONE.

Staff became suspicious when they heard a buzzing sound from the propeller-driven craft hovering over Gartree Prison.

Prison guards searched the category C prison, near Market Harborough, Leicestershire, after the alarm was raised at 4am on August 23, and found a number of packages containing drugs.

A couple of packages had fallen inside the wing blocks. As the packages fell inside the prison the matter was left with the prison to investigate.

– Leicestershire Police

People using drones to fly contraband into prison face up to two years in prison. Drones are increasingly being used to smuggle items, including drugs and mobile phones, into prisons.

Last year there were 33 incidents of drone-related smuggling, compared with two the year before.


The A512 has been closed

The A512 has now been closed between Loughborough & M1 roundabout at the junction of Snells Nook Lane.

It follows an incident that has also closed M1, between Junction 22 & 23 Northbound.

Queueing traffic is building up on the Main carriageway on the M1 Northbound at J23.

Road closed at around 06.00am this morning.


Queueing traffic is building up and the Main carriageway on the M1 Northbound at J23 A512 for Loughborough is closed due to a police incident.

Traffic is diverting via the exit and entry slips. Road closed at around 06.00am this morning.

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