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Prison investigation as Suffolk inmate uploads rap video to YouTube

Jailed: Karl Gardner

A jail inmate from Highpoint Prison near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk has uploaded a video of himself rapping to YouTube using a banned mobile phone from his cell.

Karl Gardner, who uses the alias 'Charlie Green' details what led up to his life in prison in a two and a half minute post.

The 27-year-old was sentenced for 5 years after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent, making threats to kill, and being in possession of cannabis in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex in August 2017.

A Prison Service spokesperson said his behaviour was "unacceptable" and "anyone found behaving this way can expect to spend significantly longer behind bars."

They say prisons are introducing airport-style scanners, detection dogs, enhanced perimeter searches and phone-blocking technology to increase safety and security.

"The use of mobile phones in prison is never tolerated."

– Prison Service Spokesperson
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