A bid to drop drugs into Walton prison using a drone failed after it was flown into a tree.
Staff reported in the early hours of Sunday that a drone with a package below it was in a tree on Hornby Road, near to the prison.
Police attended and recovered the drone and a quantity of controlled drugs from the scene.
A man was reportedly seen climbing the tree before making off on foot in the direction of Rice Lane City Farm.
Chief Inspector Steve Rice said: ” Merseyside Police will continue to seek ways to combat the illegal use of drones through cutting-edge technology and information from our communities.
“We appeal to anyone with information about who was responsible for flying this drone, or information about any others flown illegally, to contact us.
“We continue to work in partnership with HMP Liverpool to keep the prison community and those in the wider community of Merseyside safe.”
Officers searched the area and an investigation is continuing.
Last week, it was revealed Walton was among a host of prisons targeted by a gang of criminal drone pilots dropping drugs – worth a third of a million pounds – to order.
The enterprise was found to have been responsible for 49 drone drops at prisons across the country – including HMP Liverpool.
In October, a man was arrested over a foiled bid to use a drone to drop off drugs, mobile phones and tobacco into the prison.
Jail staff spotted a drone flying over the prison with a package hanging below it.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101, quoting incident reference 0517322583.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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