Man jailed for attempting to throw illicit items into Norwich Prison

Wed 05th, Oct

An Ipswich man has been jailed for 10 months after attempting to throw a rucksack filled with mobile phones and other illicit items into Norwich Prison.

An Ipswich man has been jailed for 10 months after attempting to throw a rucksack filled with mobile phones and other illicit items into Norwich Prison.
Leroy Clarke, aged 26 and of no fixed address, was arrested outside the perimeter fence of the prison on Monday 27 June 2016 following a joint operation by officers from Norfolk Constabulary’s Tactical Crime Unit, Her Majesty’s Prison Service and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).
Clarke was confronted by officers and he was found in possession of a rucksack containing 29g of Cannabis, two mobile phones, a sim card, three mobile phone chargers, two sets of headphones, two small bottles of alcohol and five packets of cigarette papers. All the items had been wrapped in cling film and packed into socks.
Clarke pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and attempting to convey prohibited articles into a prison on behalf of a prisoner at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 29 September 2016. He was subsequently sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Detective Sergeant Paul Morton from Norfolk Constabulary’s Tactical Crime Unit said: "Clarke is the first person to be convicted under this legislation in the Eastern region and it should serve as a warning to others that we will seek to identify and prosecute those trying to get illicit items into our prisons by any means.”
Stew Kelly, Head of Security and Intelligence at HMP Norwich, said: "We take a zero tolerance approach to any illicit items being conveyed into the prison establishment. Items such as drugs and mobile phones compromise the safety of staff and prisoners which has a wider impact on the local community.
"We will continue to build on the partnership work with Norfolk Police and ERSOU to target organised criminal activity.”
Detective Inspector Trudie Skeels from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit said: "The work with prisons is part of ERSOUs dedicated and far reaching response tackling organised crime issues within the Eastern region.
"We will continue to work with HMP Norwich and Norfolk Constabulary to prevent drugs or other items being smuggled into our prisons. Let this be a warning to anyone else who thinks they can break the law.”