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Prison Visitors On Portland Searched

Dorset Police Arrest Finger Prints

9:13am 15th August 2014

58 visitors to HMP Portland were searched as part of an operation to intercept drugs and mobile phones getting into the jail.

Dorset Police joined forces with prison officers to carry out the checks earlier this week.

Officers also searched incoming vehicles. One vehicle was seized and three fixed penalty notices were issued for Road Traffic offences.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector John Foster, of Dorset Police's Intelligence Department, said: "The problem of drugs and mobile phones entering the prison through prisoner visits has a destabilising effect on the good order and discipline within the prison.

"It creates a lucrative market inside the prison allowing criminality to flourish and the continuation of links to organised crime in the outside world. It also fuels addiction and makes it extremely difficult to prevent reoffending upon release.

"This proactive operation sends a very clear message to prisoners, their visitors and the public that Dorset Police and HM Prison Service will deal robustly with the criminal offences of bringing drugs, phones and other contraband into the prison."

Governor Matthew Shepherd, Head of Security and Operations at HMP Portland, said the operation would improve both safety and stability within the prison.

Governor Shepherd continued: "The disruption of drug supplies into prison establishments must remain a high priority to encourage and promote a drug free lifestyle both in prison and upon release to reduce reoffending."

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