Michael Tovey, aged 27, formally from Erdington, has been charged with using drones to fly drugs and mobile phones into Birmingham prison − the first such prosecution secured by West Midlands Police.

Tovey is accused of using two drones to drop contraband into an exercise yard in HMP Birmingham on 29th October and 6th November last year.

It’s alleged Tovey, currently a serving prisoner in Dorset, first tried dropping a consignment into an exercise yard near N and P wings containing four phones, SIM cards, Black Mamba, steroids and cannabis.

He is also accused of being at the controls of a drone that crashed into the same yard eight days later carrying two phones and more of the same banned drugs.

Tovey faces a total of 13 counts of conveying banned items into prison; he is set to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 7th June.