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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Cumbria residents praised for help in jail’s fight against drugs

PEOPLE living in communities near a prison have been urged to continue taking part in the war on drugs.

THE REVEREND GLYNN JONES
THE REVEREND GLYNN JONES

Bosses at HMP Haverigg want residents to keep on playing a vital role in helping to cut down the number of illegal drugs that make their way into the jail.

And, as dark nights draw in, prison management have thanked residents for their vigilance and asked them to continue to report suspicious activity around the jail.

Prison spokesman, the Reverend Glynn Jones said: “Like any community, there are challenges we have here.

“We have fluid plans that are changing all the time to deal with illegal drug supply issues and we are always responding to things. We’d like to thank the people of Millom and Haverigg – they are good if there is a stranger asking for directions to the prison, or who looks suspicious, at ringing in.

“The dark nights drawing in brings issues but traditionally the people of Millom and Haverigg are very good.”

Mr Jones said the prison has been going through a “quiet spell” in the number of incidents and said a constantly evolving partnership with police was helping to crack down on people attempting to smuggle drugs into the jail. In March 2012 a helicopter search was prompted after men acting suspiciously were spotted near the jail. As an approach was made the men fled and one man was later found alongside railway tracks and cannabis was retrieved.

The Independent Monitoring Board has praised the prison’s security operations. One IMB report at the prison said: “Vigilance and good security operations have continued to impact on the reduction of available drugs and in preventing the importation of mobile phones.

“There have been some very good finds of illicit articles and some prosecutions leading to significant sentences.”

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