Prisoners trying to smuggle Spice into Bristol jail will be hit by new technology

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Visitors to Bristol prison will face new security measures as part of a clampdown on drugs, phones and weapons being smuggled behind bars.

The jail is one of seven across England and Wales chosen to receive hi-tech equipment through the government’s £100 million investment plans.

Metal detectors and X-ray bag scanners will be used to search visitors and staff.

Prisons minister Lucy Frazer said: “The gate and reception are key areas of vulnerability to smuggling and more robust searching of staff, visitors and prisoners will help reduce the flow of drugs, phones and weapons.”

The government hopes the measures, set to be introduced by spring 2020, will help spot attempts to smuggle narcotics, including Spice, through prisoner mail.

 

Bristol was among the prisons selected because it is thought to face “significant security challenges”.

Ms Frazer said: “This game-changing package of equipment is part of the Government’s new £2.75bn investment to modernise and maintain our prisons, create 10,000 additional places, and crack down on crime behind bars. 

“All of these elements are crucial as we create a system that can rehabilitate, cut reoffending and ultimately make our communities safer.” 

The other jails being prioritised for the equipment are Berwyn, Hewell, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich and Lancaster Farms.

The government’s £100 million spend will also see the creation of a digital forensics facility, an expanded digital investigations team and the development of phone-blocking technology.

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