Computer tablets, phones and drugs greatest threat to security at prison in Cumbria

It has a long, rural and therefore vulnerable perimeter fence according to report Credit: ITV

Computer tablets have been thrown into prison grounds in the latest example of contraband smuggling.

Mobile phones and drugs were already a problem. Now an inspection report reveals tablet computers are also an issue.

HMP Haverigg Prison Credit:

The report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons added that on several occasions intruders had breached the perimeter fence "to get closer to residential units".

Steps had been taken to counteract this evolving threat, the watchdog noted, including the cladding of fencing.

The greatest threats to security were phones and drugs. During 2016, a large quantity of banned items had been thrown over the perimeter fence, including computer tablets.

– Assessment of HMP Haverigg

The long, rural and therefore vulnerable perimeter added to the problem of drugs at the establishment, and we were shown the evidence of some significant finds.

– Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice last month revealed that 13,000 mobile phones and 7,000 sim cards were recovered in jails last year. There have been warnings that criminal gangs are using handsets to organise the trafficking of drugs into prisons, to "terrorise" victims and to post on social media.

HMIP concluded that Haverigg had a troubled past but was making improvements.

Mr Clarke said there was still much to do at the establishment.

That said, we recognise the efforts made by the governor and his team not to let that troubled past define the prison's future

– Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke