Lags caught on mo­bile thrones In­mates share il­le­gal phones by f lush­ing them down loos

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Nick Dorma Dor­man

PRIS­ON­ERS at Bri­tain’s “Ji­hadi Jail” passed cont con­tra­band mo­bile phones among ea each other by flush­ing them down­dow cell lava­to­ries. The plot­plo was un­cov­ered by man­agers at the c cat­e­gory A prison, which is packed with con­victed ter­ror­ists. Mo More than 20 lags in a spe­cial unit for the most dan­ger­ous inm in­mates at HMP White­moor, in Ca Cam­bridge, used a “linked sy sys­tem” of toi­lets to share the ph phones via pipes. They sim­ply put a hand­set in a w wa­ter­proof bag at­tached to a string and flushed i it away, said sources. Be­cause the con­nected pip pipework leads from one cell’s loo to the next, co con­victs fur­ther down the line were able to fish theth phone out with wire from a coat hanger. If one flush failed the lag would haul up the phone by its string and try again, said in­sid­ers. The dis­cov­ery of the ruse dur­ing an in­spec­tion is re­vealed in a re­port by the In­de­pen­dent Mon­i­tor­ing Board, re­leased last week.


In­spec­tors said of the seg­re­ga­tion unit: “Il­licit mo­bile tele­phones can be passed from cell to cell via the toi­let sys­tem.” They added that the unit – hold­ing more than 20 “un­ruly” in­mates and dubbed a “prison within a prison” – should be im­proved and its se­cu­rity re­viewed.

A jail source said: “This plot was ab­so­lutely bizarre. It shows how far in­mates will go to get hold of banned items like mo­biles.

“With the ter­ror back­ground and con­nec­tions many of them have, it is ex­tremely con­cern­ing that they gained ac­cess to mo­biles in this way.”

Four in ten in­mates at White­moor are Mus­lim. Many were con­victed of ter­ror-re­lated of­fences, hence the Ji­hadi Jail nick­name. There are con­cerns over rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion there.

The Min­istry of Jus­tice said: “Progress re­mains to be made but HMP White­moor has al­ready taken ac­tion to im­prove se­cu­rity.

“This in­cludes in­tel­li­gence-led searches for con­tra­band and tech­nol­ogy to de­tect mo­biles.”

The jail has suf­fered past smug­gling scan­dals – in­clud­ing a le­gal sec­re­tary and a fe­male warder who both fell in love with killer in­mates and tried to bring in drugs for them.

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