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

Latest news in Yorkshire: April 17, 2019 02:57:03 PM


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

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

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

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

“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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