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Ipswich man jailed after attempting to throw drugs, phones and alcohol into Norwich prison

PUBLISHED: 10:22 05 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:22 05 October 2016

Norwich Prison Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich Prison Photo : Steve Adams

Copyright Archant Norfolk 2015

An Ipswich man has been jailed for 10 months after attempting to throw a rucksack filled with mobile phones, drugs, alcohol and other illicit items into Norwich Prison.

Leroy Clarke, jailed for attempting to throw illicit items into Norwich prison.Leroy Clarke, jailed for attempting to throw illicit items into Norwich prison.

Leroy Clarke, 26 and of no fixed address but formerly of Nacton Road, was arrested outside the perimeter fence of the prison on June 27 following a joint operation by Norfolk Constabulary’s Tactical Crime Unit, Her Majesty’s Prison Service and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Clarke was confronted by officers and he was found in possession of a rucksack containing 29g of Cannabis, two mobile phones, a sim card, three mobile phone chargers, two sets of headphones, two small bottles of alcohol and five packets of cigarette papers.

All the items had been wrapped in cling film and packed into socks.

Clarke, who has a lengthy criminal history, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and attempting to convey prohibited articles into a prison on behalf of a prisoner at Norwich Crown Court.

He was subsequently sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Detective Sergeant Paul Morton from Norfolk Constabulary’s Tactical Crime Unit said: “Clarke is the first person to be convicted under this legislation in the Eastern region and it should serve as a warning to others that we will seek to identify and prosecute those trying to get illicit items into our prisons by any means.”

Stew Kelly, Head of Security and Intelligence at HMP Norwich, said: “We take a zero tolerance approach to any illicit items being conveyed into the prison establishment. Items such as drugs and mobile phones compromise the safety of staff and prisoners which has a wider impact on the local community.

“We will continue to build on the partnership work with Norfolk Police and ERSOU to target organised criminal activity.”

Detective Inspector Trudie Skeels from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit said: “The work with prisons is part of ERSOUs dedicated and far reaching response tackling organised crime issues within the Eastern region.

“We will continue to work with HMP Norwich and Norfolk Constabulary to prevent drugs or other items being smuggled into our prisons. Let this be a warning to anyone else who thinks they can break the law.”

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