Man arrested after drone spotted near Wiltshire prison

Man arrested after drone spotted near Wiltshire prison

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:12am 14th April 2020.

2 minute read

Officers were called to reports of a drone being used to drop illegal items into HMP Erlestoke.

Police were called to the prison on the edge of Salisbury Plain just after 8.20pm on Wednesday (8th April) where staff had detained a man in a wooded area nearby after they had spotted a drone being used to try and drop packages inside the prison fence. 

Police Dog Lorrie helped locate the drone and packages.

A 30-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of attempting to get a category A article into prison. 

He's been released on conditional bail.

HMP Erlestoke Prison satellite view
Erlestoke Prison is a Category C prison holding adult male sentenced offenders.


Wiltshire Police haven't released details of what was in the package but under the Prisons Act 1952 list A’ items include; drugs, explosives, firearms, ammunition and any other offensive weapon. 

People convicted of conveying a ‘list A’ item into prison can face up to 10 years in prison.


Detective Sergeant Neil Le'Maire said: 

"This was excellent teamwork by local neighbourhood officers, the dog unit and prison staff who detained the man initially. 

"Detectives from CID will now continue with the investigation.

"We have a really good working relationship with HMP Erlestoke and I would like to thank them for initially raising the alarm which enabled us to act swiftly, seize items of interest and arrest one man.

"Local officers do regularly patrol the area but we would continue to urge members of the public who see or hear suspicious activity around the prison boundary, to report it on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress."

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54200034195.


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