From visitor to prisoner in just 24 hours in Doncaster prison op

Date published: 15 April 2019 14:02
Dated: 15 April 2019 14:39:19

A woman, who attended HMP Doncaster as a visitor last week, is now a prisoner after trying to bring illicit items inside the jail for another inmate.

Eighteen-year-old Anisha Alam signed into the prison on Tuesday 9 April as a visitor but was quickly arrested after she was found trying to pass a package containing tobacco and a phone to the prisoner she was visiting.

She was charged with trying to convey illicit items into prison the following day and remanded.

On Thursday 11 April, Alam, of no-fixed-address, appeared before Doncaster Magistrates’ Court where she was jailed for six months.

Last week, a joint operation between Doncaster’s Fortify team and prison staff began in HMP Doncaster, Lindholme and Moorland, focusing on preventing illicit items from being conveyed into prison.

Detective Inspector Steve Smith, who heads up Doncaster’s Fortify Team, said : “Our intensified week of action is focussed on how we can prevent and discourage people from conveying illicit items into Doncaster prions.

“Throughout the week so far we have been carrying out searches both inside and outside of the prisons, in addition to staff and visitor searches.

“Our message remains clear – if you try to bring prohibited items into prison, you will be arrested, charged and like this young woman, could go from visitor to inmate in just 24 hours.”

Jerry Spencer Serco Prison Director at HMP Doncaster said: “We’re pleased with the progress made this week to stop people smuggling contraband into the prison.  

“Drugs bring misery into prisons and threaten the safety of everyone there, particularly our hard working staff, the prisoners in our care and their families and we are determined to do all we can to combat this criminal activity.”

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