Ten charged after phones and drugs allegedly dropped into North West prisons using drones

Police have charged ten people after drugs and phones were allegedly air dropped into prisons
Police have charged ten people after drugs and phones were allegedly air dropped into prisons

Police have charged ten people after drugs and phones were allegedly air dropped into prisons across the North West and West Midlands using drones.

The eight men and two women, all from the West Midlands, have been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply drugs, psychoactive substances and banned items, to several prisons including HMP Wymott in Leyland, police said.

Police say drones were allegedly used to drop packages containing contraband over prison walls at HMP Wymott in Lancashire; HMP Birmingham; HMP Oakwood and Featherstone, near Wolverhampton; Worcestershire's HMP Hewell; HMP Risley in Warrington; and HMP Liverpool.

Those charged are Paul Payne, 33, of Broad Street, Coseley; Callum McDonough, 25, from Shenley Field Road, Northfield, Birmingham; Shane Hadlington, 29, from Sycamore Lodge, Oldbury; Hannah Williams, 34, from Horton Street, Tipton; Stella Deakin, 40, of Boundary Hill, Dudley; Richard Harrabin, 27, from Perton Grove, Weoley Castle, Birmingham; Jake Blewitt, 20, from Highfield Road, Tipton; Dwayne Tinker, 20, of Lindridge Drive, Minworth, near Sutton Coldfield; Ryan Greaves, 21, from Kimberley Walk, Minworth; and 43-year-old Robert Morris, from Sedgeley Road West in Tipton.

All 10 were arrested during morning raids on Wednesday as part of an investigation by the West Midlands Regional Prison Investigation Team.

The accused are set to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday.