Ex­posed: Cons par­ty­ing on drugs, vodka and fast food

EX­CLU­SIVE Pic­tures re­veal life­style of pris­on­ers

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - BY NICK DORMAN

A SMIRK­ING pris­oner brazenly shows off the smug­gled trap­pings of his gang’s cushy life be­hind bars in a se­ries of shock­ing im­ages that shame our fail­ing prison sys­tem.

The swag­ger­ing lag and his mates are pic­tured with a hoard of banned booze, drugs, and an ar­ray of take­away feasts.

They also show off a se­lec­tion of “shop­ping” good­ies in­clud­ing packs of fresh prime cuts of meat many strug­gling fam­i­lies out­side the jail’s walls would strug­gle to af­ford.

The in­mates, with no fear of au­thor­ity, even snapped some smug­gled mo­bile phones which pris­on­ers are banned from us­ing in­side.

Also pic­tured were body­build­ing tablets and pro­tein pow­ders craved by in­mates who spend their days work­ing out ready for re­lease rather than work­ing on their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion into so­ci­ety.

And two of the gang, masked to avoid recog­ni­tion, are shown cook­ing steaks on a bar­be­cue themed party night, a change from the usual take­away din­ners smug­gled in from Nando’s, Pizza Hut and KFC-style chain Dixie Chicken.


Af­ter­wards there were bot­tles of vodka to wash it down, and bags of what ap­pears to be cannabis, com­plete with weigh­ing scales, to add to the en­ter­tain­ment, said to be a karaoke night.

The show-offs then sent the snaps out to pals on so­cial me­dia.

The im­ages will raise fur­ther crit­i­cism of the ail­ing prison sys­tem which costs tax­pay­ers at least £40,000 per in­mate each year.

Lev­els of vi­o­lence are up, staff num­bers are down and com­plaints about dis­ci­pline and over­crowd­ing are wide­spread.

Last night vic­tims’ rights cam­paigner Harry Fletcher was fu­ri­ous when shown the scan­dalous pic­tures.

He said: “This will ap­pear com­pletely wrong to vic­tims of all crime.”

The Sun­day Mir­ror was shown the snaps by a source who was out­raged at be­ing sent them.

The source said: “I know peo­ple talk about go­ing for a cheeky Nando’s – but this re­ally is some­thing else.

“Th­ese pic­tures look more like some­thing from a stu­dents’ union than a prison. It re­ally is hol­i­day camp stuff. What’s worse is some prison staff are so hard up they can barely af­ford to take their fam­i­lies for a Nando’s.

“So it is par­tic­u­larly galling to see th­ese crim­i­nals en­joy­ing a slap-up din­ner. They are clearly bet­ter off than many peo­ple out­side. And you have to ask how they got the money to buy all this stuff.”

A main Nando’s meal of half a chicken with two sides costs £10.70. Take­aways can be picked up from restau­rants or or­dered to an ad­dress through the mo­bile phone app De­liv­eroo.

In July last year footage emerged of con­vict Dominic Usher eat­ing McDon­ald’s cheese­burg­ers in jail. Usher, 29, of Not­ting­ham, is serv­ing life for kid­nap, black­mail, rob­bery and ar­son.

One of the videos shows him turn­ing his nose up at a prison curry be­fore show­ing off the burg­ers, while in an­other he was seen snort­ing a white pow­der. Other footage showed groups of lags par­ty­ing, singing, and even ap­pear­ing to smoke drugs by us­ing an asthma in­haler as a makeshift bong.

There was up­roar over the videos but it seems from our pic­tures that lit­tle has been done to stop pris­on­ers smug­gling in any­thing they want.


The eas­i­est way for in­mates to get con­tra­band is by brib­ing staff. Some are paid £500 a time to bring in pack­ages, and threat­ened if they fail to carry out their mis­sions.

One source with ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the prison sys­tem told the BBC in March there was a work­ing as­sump­tion that three to five staff in ev­ery jail were


OUT Lags cook­ing smug­gled meat

HIGH ALERT Booze and drugs


GOODS Lag with his smug­gled Pizza Hut din­ner. Left: Vodka, bags of drugs and scales

SNEAKED IN Bags of sus­pected cannabis

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