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Sunday Mirror - - 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.

VI­O­LENCE

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

BAD­DIES’ 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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