Bristol prison is set to bring in airport-style security to tackle the flow of drugs, phones and weapons being smuggled behind bars.

The jail is one of just seven in England and Wales to benefit from new technology to make it safer.

There will be drug detection equipment to stop substances getting in by mail, phone blocking technology, and X-ray baggage and body scanners for visitors and offenders.

The jail is one of seven in England and Wales to benefit from new technology. Credit: ITV West Country

The gate and reception are key areas of vulnerability to smuggling and more robust searching of staff, visitors and prisoners will help reduce the flow of drugs, phones and weapons.

Prisons Minister, Lucy Frazer QC MP