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Bristol prison plans airport-style security to tackle drugs, phones and weapons issues

Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol prison is set to bring in airport-style security to tackle the flow of drugs, phones and weapons being smuggled behind bars.

The jail is one of just seven in England and Wales to benefit from new technology to make it safer.

There will be drug detection equipment to stop substances getting in by mail, phone blocking technology, and X-ray baggage and body scanners for visitors and offenders.

The jail is one of seven in England and Wales to benefit from new technology. Credit: ITV West Country

The gate and reception are key areas of vulnerability to smuggling and more robust searching of staff, visitors and prisoners will help reduce the flow of drugs, phones and weapons.

This game-changing package of equipment is part of the Government’s new £2.75bn investment to modernise and maintain our prisons, create 10,000 additional places, and crack down on crime behind bars.

All of these elements are crucial as we create a system that can rehabilitate, cut reoffending and ultimately make our communities safer.

– Prisons Minister, Lucy Frazer QC MP