Over the weekend, officers from Doncaster’s Fortify team and prison staff have been working to engage with visitors to three of the town’s prisons around the dangers of bringing illicit items into prisons.
The week-long operation is focused around HMP Doncaster, Moorland and Lindholme and is looking at the four ways illicit items are usually brought into prison; either by being thrown inside the grounds of the prison, staff or visitors bringing them in or through the post.
The operation is about ensuring the safety of staff who work at the prisons, but also the prisoners, and deterring visitors from trying to bring items in.
On Saturday 13 April, officers were assisting prison staff with a visitors search at HMP Lindholme when a man was found to be carrying a package reportedly containing phones and a sim card.
The 50-year-old man was arrested and has since been charged in connection to the incident. Paul Matthew Hardiman, of John Carroll Court, Nottingham, has been charged with bringing a list ‘B’ prohibited item into prison. Hardiman appeared before Doncaster Magistrates’ Court this morning (Monday 15 April), and was bailed to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Monday 13 May.
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