Officers from Norfolk Constabulary took action against a number of people during a successful operation at HMP Norwich prison
Norfolk police take action during operation at Norwich prison
Officers from Norfolk Constabulary took action against a number of people during a successful operation at HMP Norwich prison yesterday (Wednesday 13 July).
Norfolk police joined officers from HMP Norwich and ERSOU (Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit) to take part in a joint operation targeting visitors trying to bring illicit items into the prison.
One woman was interviewed after police recovered what is believed to be a quantity of a Class A drug. The woman has since been reported for summons to court for intent to supply a Class A drug and attempting to take a prohibited item into the prison.
A 44-year-old man from the Great Yarmouth area was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a bladed article in a public place. He was later released with no further action.
Meanwhile another man was stopped by officers and reported to the Civil Aviation Authority for flying a drone in the vicinity of the prison whilst two drivers were served vehicle defect notices.
Inspector Nick Hewitt said: "This is an excellent example of joint working with HMP Norwich and ERSOU to ensure the prison remains a safe place for staff to work in and for prisoners to stay.
"Every person visiting the prison was subject to thorough checks, as were the vehicles they arrived in. Yesterday’s operation was a great success and should serve as a warning to offenders inside and outside of the prison that those caught attempting to smuggle drugs, mobile phones or other prohibited items into prisons will face very serious consequences.”
Stew Kelly from 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 to target organised criminal activity and we will identify and secure prosecutions against those breaking the law.”