HMP Wandsworth is a category B prison in the Wandsworth area of London. Opened in 1851, the prison has capacity to hold 1,877 inmates, making it the largest prison in the UK, and one of the largest in Western Europe, alongside HMP Liverpool.
The prison comprises Heathfield (a category B unit with five residential wings (A to E)), and Trinity (a category C resettlement unit with three wings (G, H and K)).
The populations are outlined here: A wing holds the general population, as does B wing. C wing holds some general population and vulnerable prisoners. D wing is the drug recovery unit, and E wing is the first night wing and segregation unit.
On December 15th 2015, on the courtyard separating A wing and the governor’s unit, a drone crashed on the asphalt courtyard carrying a 10cm x 10cm x 20cm package in a white box, attached by string and brown tape to the drone. The large drone carried a camera to help the pilot control it, and was piloted during the night: the prison’s weakest time.
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