Jail officer jailed for smuggling £10,000 of medication (News)

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Claire Bennett

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Jail officer Claire Bennett has been jailed for smuggling £10,000 of medication to inmates

A jail officer who smuggled in £10,000 of medication has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Claire Bennett, 44, additionally leaked jail intelligence to inmates at HM Younger Offenders’ Institute in Aylesbury.

At Aylesbury Crown Court docket, Bennett, of Hailsham, East Sussex, pleaded responsible to misconduct in a public workplace and offences regarding supplying medication to prisoners.

Thames Valley Police stated her conduct “compromised security” on the jail.

Bennett, of Sandbanks Shut, admitted one rely of misconduct in a public workplace, one rely of supplying a managed drug of sophistication B, one rely of possessing a managed drug of sophistication B and one rely of conveying an inventory ‘A’ prohibited article into/out of a jail.

‘Vital sentence’

PC Maureen Moore, from the Thames Valley Police jail investigation group, stated the officer’s actions “jeopardised the secure operating of the wings”.

She added: “Bennett knowingly introduced medication into the jail which causes hazard and violence to each prisoners and officers alike.

“Her conduct severely compromised the security of workers and guests to the jail.”

Prisons minister Rory Stewart MP stated he was “happy” to see Bennett obtain a “vital sentence”.

He added: “Corrupt and felony exercise like this undermines a complete jail and places our hard-working workers in danger.”

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