Prisoners’ social media posts bragging about smuggling luxury goods into jail spark investigation

A group of inmates pictured on Facebook

An investigation has been launched after photos emerged of inmates showing off smuggled steaks and takeaways inside a prison.

The pictures which were taken on an illegally-possessed mobile phone inside HMP Guys Marsh, near Shaftesbury, Dorset, and posted to social media also appeared to depict drug possession.

A big spliff and a lighter in prison
A big spliff and a lighter in prison CREDIT: SWNS.COM

The images emerged in a turbulent week for the Ministry of Justiceafter it was forced to obtain a High Court injunction to order staff back to work after a mass walkout over health and safety fears.

A Prison Service spokesperson said of the images: “This behaviour is unacceptable. We will be referring this matter to the police for investigation and have had the social media profiles removed.

Inmates at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset
Inmates at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset CREDIT: SWNS.COM

“We are stepping up measures to find and block mobile phones in prisons and those found with them face extra time behind bars.”

Hash and cannabis pollon in prison
Hash and cannabis pollon in prison CREDIT: SWNS.COM

It is believed that four of the six prisoners who were pictured in the social media posts have been moved to other prisons.

In the HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ latest report, inspectors said staff had “all but lost control” of the Category C jail.