Arrest made as searches continue at HMP Doncaster

Date published: 01 May 2019 13:22
Dated: 01 May 2019 14:21:09

Police have issued a warning to anyone trying to smuggle illicit items into prisons after officers made an arrest at HMP Doncaster.

Doncaster’s Fortify Team – who are tasked with disrupting the activities of suspected organised crime gangs in the borough – were at HMP Doncaster as visiting started this morning as part of their work to crack down on illicit items finding their way to prisoners.

Detective Inspector Steve Smith said: “We have a varied approach to how we tackle the main ways illicit items are brought into the prisons. Usually, items are thrown into the grounds, sent through the post or brought in by visitors or staff members.

“Today our focus was visitors.

“As searches were carried out, a dressing gown intended for an inmate was found to have tobacco sewn into the collar.

“A 20-year-old woman Rotherham was arrested on suspicion of attempting to convey prohibited articles into prison and an investigation is now underway.

“My message is not new. If you are visiting friends and relatives at the prison, you are very welcome. But please don’t bring items you know are prohibited - if they are found you could end up in prison yourself.”

This morning’s visit followed a successful operation in April tackling illicit items in prisons.

Det Insp Smith added: “Our activity in all of the prisons in Doncaster is set to continue for a long time to come. Don’t risk being caught and ending up with the person you came to visit, it really isn’t worth it.”

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