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Dozens of prison staff sacked over prohibited items, MoJ figures show

Exclusive: FoI request reveals there have been 88 convictions of HMP and outside staff in five years

Dozens of prison officers have been dismissed and some have been convicted for bringing prohibited items – which can include drugs, tobacco and mobile phones – into jails in England and Wales over the past five years, the Guardian can reveal.

Drug finds in jails rose by 18% this year and there have been claims that some prisons have seen similar levels of substance use during the coronavirus lockdown as before.

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