Hull Daily Mail - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Grove alex.grove@reach­

A PRISON worker at HMP Hull is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter be­ing ac­cused of smug­gling KFC meals and Spice into jail, as well as al­legedly sleep­ing with an in­mate.

An ex-con who spent ten months in­side the He­don Road prison, be­fore be­ing re­leased ear­lier this month, al­leges the em­ployee and un­named in­mate used to meet up for sex ses­sions in a dis­used room within the prison.

He also claims the mem­ber of staff would bring in mo­bile phones, Class A drugs and take­away meals for the in­mate.

“They were bring­ing in money, drugs, Spice, ev­ery­thing for this one in­mate,” he said.

“The two were hav­ing sex and they would use a room which was empty. It was un­be­liev­able. I was to­tally shocked when I found out.”

The Min­istry of Jus­tice has con­firmed that a worker

em­ployed by the prison is sub­ject to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A spokes­woman said: “We never tol­er­ate in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour by prison of­fi­cers and where there is any ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing we in­ves­ti­gate and work with the po­lice to bring pros­e­cu­tions.”

The pris­oner ended up be­hind bars af­ter breach­ing a re­strain­ing or­der and he was kept on re­mand un­til the sum­mer ahead of his court hear­ing, be­fore plead­ing guilty and serv­ing an ex­tra two months.

The dad had never been be­hind bars be­fore, but he landed a role help­ing other in­mates to read and write.

He claims Spice, co­caine, hash and pre­ga­bilin tablets were brought in by the worker.

“The of­fi­cer knew that I knew what was go­ing on,” he said. “They were hav­ing sex ev­ery day and the pris­oner is quite a well-known fig­ure in the Hull area.

“The prison of­fi­cer was meeting up with the in­mate’s friends on the out­side. They used to bring a KFC bucket into the prison and leave it in the kitchen up in re­set­tle­ment, where staff keep their lunches. Then he would just go in there and get it.”

Af­ter news of the al­le­ga­tions were re­ported in Au­gust, the worker was sus­pended and an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched.

The in­mate says he was in­ter­viewed in HMP Hull about the al­le­ga­tions and never saw the em­ployee at the cen­tre of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion again.

He said: “I spoke to a prison of­fi­cer in con­fi­dence and I was sus­pended from my job in the prison. The guy who was get­ting all the drugs and phones smug­gled in for him was sent down the block and put in iso­la­tion.

“I be­lieve the of­fi­cer was sus­pended be­cause they never came back and I never saw them again.”

Along with HMP Hum­ber, HMP Hull has been ear­marked as one of the most chal­leng­ing pris­ons in the UK. Both of the jails are set to be part of a new project that will fund drug-sniff­ing dogs and scan­ners to de­tect drugs be­ing smug­gled in­side.

They were cho­sen due to high drug use and vi­o­lence on the wings, with staff set to be trained to “set the high­est ex­pec­ta­tions of pris­on­ers and chal­lenge dis­rup­tive and vi­o­lent be­hav­iour fairly, con­sis­tently and firmly”.

The scheme will be up and run­ning by the end of the year with the Min­istry of Jus­tice ex­pect­ing re­sults in the fol­low­ing 12 months.

Pris­ons Min­is­ter Rory Ste­wart said: “With more than 20,000 prison of­fi­cers, 84,000 pris­on­ers, and more than 100 pris­ons, it is vi­tal we set chal­leng­ing stan­dards so pris­ons are places where of­fend­ers can turn their lives around.

“With the right lead­er­ship on the ground, and sup­port from the cen­tre, these ten pris­ons will pave the way for a new ap­proach, a new ethos and a new di­rec­tion.

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