Mobiles phones in Prison

Prison Oracle Freedom of Information Request: of almost 25,000 phones and sims cards seized in prisons just 629 (2.4%) resulted in prosecution

A Freedom of Information Act request by The Prison Oracle has received a response on the subject of Mobile Phones and Sim Cards in prisons – and prosecutions that have resulted. The illegal use of mobile phones in prisons is one of the most significant threats facing our prisons. Illicit mobile phones undermine good order and control in prisons, and perpetuates ongoing […]

Phone detection kit introduced in prisons

Specialist mobile detection technology is being used to detect and seize illegal phones used by prisoners, Justice Secretary David Gauke revealed -Sunday, 21 April. Justice Secretary announces new mobile detection technology in prisons Will allow prison officers to pinpoint mobile phone signal down to precise cell Part of wider efforts to reduce violence and drug […]

Prisoner plotted £637K smash-and-grab raid from prison cell on smuggled phones

A prisoner has been convicted of joint enterprise in plotting two armed robberies from his jail cell by using illicit mobile phones. Designer watches worth £637,000 were snatched in raids on Teesside branches of the Market Cross Jewellers in Yarm and Middlesbrough, and the shocking robberies were caught on CCTV. Eight men from Manchester and […]

Prison smuggling drone use – up by 1550%

Drones are being used to smuggle drugs, mobile phones and other banned items into prisons, it can be revealed. Figures obtained through a Press Association Freedom of Information (FoI) request show that in 2013 none of the unmanned crafts were discovered in or around prisons in England and Wales. But in 2014 this rose to […]

Two prisoners film rap video on illicit mobile phone at HMP Birmingham

Two prisoners have filmed a rap video from behind bars at HMP Birmingham. Demehl Thomas and Moysha Shepherd are thought to have captured footage of themselves on a banned mobile phone before it was uploaded on to the internet. Bosses at HMP Birmingham have launched an investigation. Thomas, 25, was serving a sentence for aggravated […]

Prison Officer spared jail over illicit prisoner affair

An Isle of Sheppey prison admin officer who had a secret relationship with a gangster serving life for murder has been spared jail. Kathryn Finch, 37, enjoyed dozens of illicit phone conversations with Carl Gordon while she was employed as an clerk at HMP Swaleside in Eastchurch. Former gym instructor Gordon, now 27, was locked […]

Holloway Prison Officer Jailed

A prison officer has been jailed after she enjoyed a secret lesbian romance with an inmate serving life for murder in a Holloway Prison. Sophia King-Chinnery, 25, embarked on a relationship with Sarah Anderson after she was locked up at the notorious jail in Parkhurst Road for a minimum of 15 years for stabbing a […]


A prison nurse has told a court she was attacked in a cell by a convicted rapist who threatened to kill her and her family if she told anybody. Karen Cosford, 47, told Leeds Crown Court she felt “terrified” when inmate Brian McBride pushed her on to his bed in Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, and raped her. She told […]


Prison governors should be able to sell mobile phones confiscated from inmates, an MP has proposed. Criminals can currently ask for handsets seized in cell raids to be returned when they finish their sentences, in a situation branded “perverse and outrageous”. Tory MP Stuart Andrew said: “Currently there is nothing in law giving any powers […]