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Eleven charged with supplying prohibited items into prisons

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Eleven people have been charged with conspiring to supply prohibited items into prisons.

The charges follow an investigation by West Mercia Police between 2015 and this year, alongside HM Prison Service.

The force looked into the supply of drugs, weapons and other banned items which made their way into a number of the regions prisons including:

  • HMP Hewell - Redditch
  • HMP Birmingham - Winson Green
  • HMP Stoke Heath - Shropshire
  • HMP Featherstone - Wolverhampton
HMP Birmingham in Winson Green. Credit: ITV News.

The offences ranged from the simple throwing of items over prison walls to the use of drones to fly items into the prison.

Nine men and two women will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court later this month to face charges relating to the supply of prohibited items into prisons.

Ten people have been charged with five counts of conspiring to supply prohibited items into prisons:

  • Mervyn Foster, aged 37 from High Street, Princes End,
  • Tipton,Yvonne Hay, aged 42 from Bloxwich Road, Walsall,
  • Craig Hickenbottom, aged 34 formerly of HMP Hewell, Redditch
  • John Hickenbottom, aged 50 formerly of HMP Hewell, Redditch
  • Lisa Hodgetts, aged 32 from Lye Cross Road, Tividale, Oldbury
  • Terry Leach, aged 19 from Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton,
  • John Quinn, aged 35 from Swancroft Road, Tipton,
  • Sanjay Patel, aged 37 of no fixed abode,
  • Ashley Rollinson aged 21 from Highgate Road, Dudley,
  • Francis Ward, aged 45 from Bloxwich Road, Walsall.
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A further man, Artaf Hussain aged 30 from Slater Street, Tipton, has been charged with one count of conspiring to supply prohibited articles into prisons and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Eran Cutliffe, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands CPS said:

"I have advised West Mercia Police to charge nine men and two women with various counts of conspiring to convey prohibited articles and conspiring to supply psychoactive substances into a number of prisons in the West Midlands region during the period July 2015 and January 2017. The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

– Eran Cutliffe, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands CPS.
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They have all been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 22 May 2017.