Bedford Borough Council’s CCTV Team have aided Bedfordshire Police in tackling ‘throw overs’ of contraband items at Bedford Prison.
The CCTV Team spotted three individuals throwing contraband items over the wall at Bedford Prison on two separate occasions in the space of two days. They quickly got in touch with Bedfordshire Police, facilitating successful arrests.
In the early hours of Sunday 18 August (3.21am), CCTV spotted a male on Adelaide Square throwing an item over the prison wall. Descriptions and images were shared with Police and a male, who has previously been arrested for the same offence, was stopped and arrested by officers on Boswell Place.
Then on Monday 19 August at 9.36am, two males were seen on Adelaide Square and an item was thrown over the prison wall. CCTV images were sent to Police who were able to stop and arrest two males on Bromham Road.
Partnership work between Bedford Borough’s CCTV Team, Bedfordshire Police and Bedford Prison has seen individuals charged and put behind bars for trying to throw items such as mobile phones, tobacco, and illegal drugs into the Prison.
Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety at Bedford Borough Council said,
“This is another example of good partnership working in the Borough. Our CCTV team continuously work alongside the police and prison staff to help catch those involved in attempted throw overs.”
Bedfordshire Police have confirmed three men have now been charged with attempting to bring prohibited items into Bedford Prison, in connection to two separate incidents over the weekend.
Sergeant Ian Leeson, from Bedfordshire Police’s community team in Bedford, oversees Operation Yellow tackling smuggling into the prison.
“This is yet more evidence of the good work and real impact we are having on criminality at the prison.
“We have secured a number of significant arrests and sentences already this year, and will continue to work with the prison and the council to tackle this threat.”
PJ Butler, Governor of HMP Bedford said,
“The collaborative relationship between the prison and our wonderful partner agencies is working incredibly well to detect, capture and prosecute individuals who seek to break the law. This is a premonition that these individuals should heed.”