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Prison visits resume in Doncaster

Prison visits resume in Doncaster

Prison visits resume in Doncaster

From today, people are once again permitted to visit family and friends at Doncaster’s four prisons.

Prison staff are being supported by the Prison Crime Team, which is made up of officers from South Yorkshire Police.

The force has issued a warning to anyone considering smuggling illicit items into prisons.

“The presence of items such as drugs, tobacco and mobile phones can create significant issues inside prisons, threatening the safety of staff and inmates alike,” says South Yorkshire Police.

Detective Inspector Steve Smith, head of the Prison Crime Team, continued:

“It’s great news that visitors will once again be able to come to the prisons in Doncaster and spend time with their loved ones. We know the benefits these opportunities bring and do all we can to support them.

“Now is an important time to remind people who are planning to visit an inmate in the coming weeks that my team and I will be at every prison in Doncaster throughout May, and throughout the summer.

“One of our key priorities is to stop illicit items being taken into prisons. These items can result in serious harm and provoke or promote serious and violent crime.

“Officers will be supporting prison staff during searches, patrolling prison perimeter fences trying to identify anyone who might try to throw items into the prison grounds, and engaging with visitors as they arrive.

“My message is clear: we will continue to be relentless as we pursue those who are responsible for organised and violent crime, both inside prisons and in the Doncaster communities that we serve. Please come and enjoy your visit, but don’t take the risk of being arrested yourself.”

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