She planned to make her­self preg­nant by him

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BABY PLOT: Gang mem­ber Marvin Berke­ley ( talked of hav­ing a ‘choco­late baby’ with Ali­son Sharples ( A FE­MALE prison guard col­lected a bag of a jailed gang­ster’s sperm so she could get preg­nant by him when she got off duty.

Ali­son Sharples, 46, who be­gan a jail­house ro­mance with an un­der­world Mr Big, dur­ing which they planned to have a baby to­gether, has been jailed for nine months.

She be­came be­sot­ted with 31-year old Marvin Berke­ley af­ter he sent her love let­ters from his cell while he was de­tained for kidnap and firearms of­fences.

Within the con­fines of Cat­e­gory B Garth jail in Ley­land, Lancs, the pair vowed to be to­gether af­ter his re­lease from jail.

As part of their plans to have a baby, Berke­ley even se­cretly passed her a plas­tic bag con­tain­ing his own sperm so she could ar­ti­fi­cially in­sem­i­nate her­self when she clocked off duty.

But the seven-week af­fair was ex­posed af­ter a rou­tine search of Sharples’s hand­bag as she made her way past a prison se­cu­rity gate for a night shift at the jail on Oc­to­ber 22, 2014.

A cus­tody man­ager seized a pur­ple medicine sy­ringe with the plunger de­pressed and traces of se­men on the in­side which was matched by DNA test­ing to Berke­ley.

A month later po­lice searched Sharples’s home and found a hand­writ­ten let­ter from Berke­ley hid­den in her un­der­wear drawer.

At Pre­ston Crown Court, Sharples, a grand­mother from Chor­ley, who is now work­ing as a cleaner and as a carer for the elderly, was found guilty of mis­con­duct af­ter a trial.

Berke­ley, from Sal­ford, and his twin bother Michael, then 22, had been locked away in 2007 af­ter po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing Manch­ester crime gang The Fal­low­field Man­dem found in­crim­i­nat­ing pic­tures of the pair smil­ing proudly with guns and adopt­ing James Bond-like poses af­ter bring­ing ter­ror to in­no­cent peo­ple in pur­suit of easy cash.

Of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the pho­to­graphs dur­ing raids on the homes of the brag­ging men, who hi­jacked cars, kid­napped motorists and shot their way around Greater Manch­ester.

Vic­tims would be tar­geted in the street and one was hit in the back with a bul­let which later took sur­geons six hours to re­move.

An­other ter­ri­fied man was kid­napped and told he would be “chopped to pieces” un­less he agreed to work for them.

Marvin got an in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence for pub­lic pro­tec­tion, with a min­i­mum of seven years af­ter plead­ing guilty to con­spir­acy to kidnap, pos­sess a firearm with in­tent to en­dan­ger life and con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery.

Sharples, who was work­ing as a sup­port of­fi­cer at Garth, met Marvin af­ter he was moved to the 847 in­mate jail and the af­fair be­gan just weeks be­fore he was due to be freed on pa­role.

Miss Camille Mor­land prose­cut­ing said: “Their re­la­tion­ship was close, covert and sex­u­ally in­ti­mate, if not nec­es­sar­ily phys­i­cally so. She seemed be­sot­ted by Berke­ley and she had been promised by him they would be to­gether when he was re­leased from prison.”

Work col­league Ni­cola Ball – who her­self left the prison ser­vice af­ter de­vel­op­ing feel­ings for an in­mate – claimed she had tried to warn Sharples off Berke­ley and said the of­fi­cer had even told her she had taken a phone into jail for her lover.

Ball added: “She said she and Marvin had been talk­ing about hav­ing a baby.

“Marvin had been talk­ing about hav­ing ‘ a choco­late baby’.”

Pass­ing sen­tence Judge Si­mon Newall told Sharples: “The in­tegrity of a prison ser­vice is de­pen­dent on of­fi­cers act­ing in a pro­fes­sional man­ner.

“What you were do­ing was abuse to the pub­lic’s trust as a prison sup­port of­fi­cer.”

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