January 24, 2020 8.36 am This story is over 20 months old

Lincoln prison gets X-ray scanner to combat drug mules

It is among the 16 most challenging prisons in the UK

As one of the most challenging prisons in the country, HMP Lincoln will get a new X-ray scanner to combat drug mules.

The new scanner will be installed in the Spring and, along with the scanners at 16 other prisons, will be ready for use by Summer at the latest.

Each of the X-ray machines has been developed specifically for prisons and will be able to instantly find hidden drugs, phones, and weapons.

It’s part of a clamp down on the weapons, drugs and mobile phones that fuel violence, self-harm and crime behind bars

A pilot at ten other prisons last year saw a 50% reduction in drug use and a 16% reduction in assaults.

HMP Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The scheme will cost £28 million, part of the government’s £100 million package to boost security in prisons.

Lucy Frazer QC MP, prisons and probation minister, said: “New technology is a vital part of our efforts to stop those determined to wreak havoc in our jails.

“These scanners will help to stem the flow of contraband into jails and allow officers to focus on rehabilitation.”

Paul Cawkwell, prisons group director said: “This investment will significantly enhance our capability and sends a message to traffickers that the risks just got higher.”

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