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Police in prison visitor operation

Norfolk Police say their robust approach in targeting visitors trying to smuggle illicit items into HMP Wayland is having a positive impact.

Officers carried out a day of action yesterday (Wednesday 15 June 2016) searching visitors attending the prison for items such as drugs, psychoactive substances and mobile phones.

They were joined by the Dog Unit, the Special Constabulary and prison staff, along with the Norfolk Roads Policing Unit who carried out roadside drug tests and vehicle checks.

A number of cars and visitors were searched during the operation.

No arrests were made but PC Paula Gilluley, Norfolk Constabulary’s Prison Liaison Officer at HMP Wayland, said this shows these operations are having a positive impact: "We have been working hard with HMP Wayland over the past couple of years to prevent any contraband coming into the prison and have made a number of arrests during similar operations.

"Yesterday’s day of action was a real success. The fact we made no arrests shows that the message is getting through; we will not tolerate this kind of criminal activity and we will take action against those who try and break the law.

"However, we must not get complacent and we will continue to work with HMP Wayland to ensure the prison remains a safe place for staff to work in and for prisoners to stay.”