More than 200 kilograms of drugs were discovered in UK prisons in the space of a year, it has been revealed.
New figures released by the Ministry of Justice revealed that a total of 225kg of contraband drugs were recovered across prisons in England and Wales in 2016 ,as well as 13,000 mobile phones, as the scale of the challenge facing prison officers came to light.
Acknowledging that the amount of drugs and phones in prisons is “unacceptable”, Prisons minister Sam Gyimah warned that the issues would not be resolved overnight as he highlighted the need for more frontline staff.
Mr Gyimah said: “I have been clear that the current levels of violence, drugs and mobile phones in our prisons is unacceptable. We have put in place a number of measures to help disrupt this illegal activity as it is an issue I am absolutely determined to resolve.
“These figures highlight the determination of prison staff to disrupt this behaviour, whilst at the same time sending a clear message that we will push to prosecute anyone who involves themselves in this kind of activity.
“The issues within our prisons will not be resolved overnight, but we must make progress in tackling these problems. Bringing in more frontline staff is an integral part of that.”