Use of illegal mobile phones in prisons soars

Use of illegal mobile phones in prisons     soars
Dramatic rises in the number of mobile phones smuggled into prisons have prompted concerns that they could be used to plot criminal and terrorist acts.

A total of 8,099 mobile phones or Sim cards were confiscated in prisons in England and Wales in 2008, compared with just 2,272 seized in 2006. The figure includes 388 recovered from high security jails, where terrorist suspects are usually held, up from 294 in 2006.

Shadow security minister Baroness Neville-Jones (pictured) said the figures were shocking. 'How can the Government have done so little, as the number of phones found in prisons has more than tripled?

'In 2007, a convicted al-Qaeda supporter was caught using a mobile phone to build a website from inside a high security prison,' she added. 'You'd have thought the authorities would have got their act together after that, yet there are now more mobile phones found in high security prisons than there were then.'

The Prison Officers Association called on the Government to stop 'penny pinching' and install mobile phone jamming equipment in prisons.

POA national secretary Colin Moses said: 'Mobile phones in prison are as dangerous as firearms.'

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the rising number of confiscated mobile phones demonstrated the effectiveness of security and intelligence measures at UK prisons.
Written by Mobile Today
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