The number of times banned items were thrown in to prisons in England and Wales has more than doubled in the last two years, the BBC has learnt.
More than 2,000 banned items, including drugs and mobile phones, were thrown in to prisons last year.
An information request also showed 730 knives and blades were found in prisons in the last six months of 2015.
The Ministry of Justice said it “must do more” to tackle the smuggling in and throwing over of contraband.
Banned items were thrown over the walls of prisons 2,151 times in 2015, according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice in response to a freedom of information request.
The figure has more than doubled since 2013 when contraband was recorded as having been thrown over 797 times.
John Attard of the Prison Governors Association said: “It’s not a fluke, people plan, they know the best parts of a wall to throw things over.
“There are all sorts of methods to get things over a prison wall. We’ve had people putting drugs in dead birds and sending them over with tennis racquets.
“We’re talking about thousands of pounds worth of contraband but the criminals that are throwing them over are prepared to lose [part of] that to get some through.”
Pentonville prison recorded only 15 incidents of banned items being thrown over its walls in the last year. A resident living near the prison said the figure was not a true reflection of the scale of the problem.
“They’ve missed off a zero there. In the last year alone, I’ve seen it a good couple of dozen times myself.
“It tallies with the attitude of the prison. They will not hear reports of this going on. They don’t want to know.
“It starts off on a Friday, and can happen all weekend. Around two o’clock …read more
Source:: BBC UK