Success for Team Fortify as focus on illicit items in prisons continues

Date published: 17 May 2019 16:23
Dated: 17 May 2019 17:15:53

Officers in Doncaster have spent the day at HMP Lindholme cracking down on illicit items in the prison.

Members of the Fortify Team - who are tasked with disrupting the activities of suspected organised crime gangs in the borough – were in place as visiting started this morning as part of their work to tackle the issue of illicit items finding their way to prisoners.

The focus today was on searching visitors as they arrived to see friends and relatives.

A 24-year-old man from Nottingham was arrested on suspicion of attempting to convey prohibited articles into prison and an investigation is now underway.

The action didn’t stop there as 13 people were stopped from making their visit as tests carried out showed positive results for drugs either on their person or in their vehicle.

Other results include two prosecutions for driving without insurance with vehicles seized.

Operation Fortify’s Detective Inspector Steve Smith said: “We’ve been working in partnership with the prisons in the Doncaster area for a significant period of time now and the message we’re sending to both inmates and their visitors is simple.

“We know how important the contact you have during visiting time is, please don’t risk having this privilege taken away by thinking that you can outsmart the system. You can’t. If you attempt to bring illicit items into a prison they will be found, and you will be arrested and possibly charged.”

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