Jail beats Spice drug epi­demic

Pho­to­copier win­ning war on ‘zom­bie’ dan­ger Did you win?

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Stian Alexan­der

TEM­PER­A­TURES may be get­ting cooler but Bri­tain saw a new hot air record yes­ter­day.

This colour­ful dis­play of 170 bal­loons was the most in the sky over the UK at the same time, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous best of 130.

Crews from nine coun­tries floated above Lon­gleat sa­fari park in Wilt­shire.

The Sky Sa­fari event, which ends tonight, fea­tures more than 220 in­flat­a­bles, many of them beast-shaped, in­clud­ing Lon­gleat’s own lion Sim­baloo, three pen­guins, a wolf, don­key, an owl and even a koala. A PRISON has put a stop to its Spice drug epi­demic – thanks to pho­to­copiers.

The zom­bie drug was be­ing sprayed on letters from loved ones.

In­mates would rip up the notes to be smoked in spliffs.

But un­der a pi­o­neer­ing scheme, prison staff have been pho­to­copy­ing ev­ery postal de­liv­ery to con­victs and keep­ing the orig­i­nals locked up. Since the move was in­tro­duced in Jan­uary at HMP Pre­ston in Lancs, it has not had a sin­gle am­bu­lance call-out to deal with a Spice emer­gency.

The suc­cess has been re­vealed in a re­port by a jail watch­dog.

The In­de­pen­dent Mon­i­tor­ing Board said: “It is not thought this is go­ing to lead to the erad­i­ca­tion of [psy­choac­tive sub­stances], as pris­on­ers are ever re­source­ful, but it has demon­stra­bly re­duced the avail­abil­ity within the prison.”

It wants jails to have the sort of drug test­ing gad­gets used at night­clubs as the pho­to­copy­ing takes so long. Hos­pi­tal dashes due to Spice are a daily oc­cur­rence at other jails.

FUN: Fam­i­lies at sa­fari park event

BAT­TLE: Pre­ston prison

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