Prisons: Mobile Phones

Justice written question – answered on 23rd April 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many illicit mobile telephones were found at each prison in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Prisons are asked to send mobile phones and SIM cards they find to a central unit for analysis. The numbers analysed are set out in the tables for each prison for each of the last 12 months.

The figures include items discovered within the prison perimeter and on entry to establishments. However, we believe that these figures may understate the actual number of finds, because they do not include items retained by the police for evidential purposes, and because in some instances prisons have not sent the items for analysis. NOMS is putting in place new procedures to ensure that we have a more comprehensive picture in future. While the numbers of phones detected indicates the scale of the challenge in tackling illicit mobile phones, it is also a reflection of prisons' increasing success in finding them and better reporting. NOMS is developing new procedures to ensure that we have a comprehensive picture of mobile phones found in prisons.

NOMS is implementing a strategy to minimise the number of phones entering prisons, and to find or disrupt those that do enter. As part of the strategy, prisons are being provided with technologies to strengthen local security and searching strategies, in line with the recommendations in the Blakey report "Disrupting the Supply of Illicit Drugs into Prisons", published in July 2008. This includes the roll out of "BOSS" chairs to all prisons, and the deployment of other detection and disruption technologies, including mobile phone signal blockers.

We have also strengthened the law, through the Offender Management Act 2007 (implemented in April 2008), which makes it a criminal offence with a punishment of up to two years' imprisonment to bring an unauthorised mobile phone or component part into a prison.

Number of mobile phones and SIM cards analysed by a central unit from April 2008 to March 2009
2008
April May June July August September October
Prison Category M S M S M S M S M S M S M S
Acklington C 1 I 1 1 1 1 3 3 1 1
Albany B 1 1
Altcourse Local 6 10 19 18 14 10 15 16 18 20
Ashfield Juvenile/YOI/Remand
Ashwell C 1 1 2 2 5 8 2 2 2 2 4 4
Askham Grange Female open
Aylesbury YOI 5 2 1 1 44 28 3 1 10 7
Bedford Local
Belmarsh A/Local 7 10 1 1 4 3 2 7 12
Birmingham Local 12 11 15 19 10 11 12 9 10 13 5 6 9 10
Blantyre House C 1 3
Blundeston C 4 3 4 2 4 4 1 2 8 9 3 6 3 5
Brinsford Juvenile/YOI/Remand 3 5 3 3 5 9 3 3 3 3 2 4 9 10
Bristol Local 5 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 3 4
Brixton B/Local 30 22 52 34 22 23 36 28 46 44 23 17 13 14
Bronzefield Female 1 1 2
Buckley Hall C 2 3 4 1 5 3 3 1 7 8
Bullingdon Local/Remand 4 7 5 7 2 2 4 5 2 3
Bullwood Hall C 1 1 2 1
Camp Hill C 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 4
Canterbury C 4 3 3 2 2 3 1 1
Cardiff Local 2 2 3 3 3 3 1 2 3 1 1 2
Castington Juvenile/YOI/Remand 1 1
Channings Wood C 1 6 8 10 13 13 4 5 2 5 2 5
Chelmsford B 3 2 4 4 4 2 3 2 2 3 1 2
Coldingley C 2 3 1 2 2 2
Cookham Wood Juvenile
Dartmoor B 4 3 4 5 2. 3 6 6 3 1 3 1 2 4
Deerbolt YOI 3 4 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1
Doncaster Local 3 2 1
Dorchester Local 1 1
Dovegate B 5 1 4 1 1 5 3
Downview Female
Drake Hall Female 2 1
Durham Local 1 1 1 2 4 1 1 2
East Sutton Park Female open 2 2 1 2 2 2
Eastwood Park Female 3 3 1 1 1 1
Edmunds Hill C 3 4 3 3 2 1 4 3
Elmley Local 8 9 4 5 1 3 2 3 2 6 6
Erlestoke C 2 2 4 2 5 3 1
Everthorpe C 13 10 2 3 6 8 5 3 2 1 3 4 4
Exeter Local 1 3 5 1 1 4 6 7 2 8 8 1 2
Featherstone C 1 1
Feltham YOI/Remand 14 13 11 10 13 14 2 2
Ford D 2 4 3 3 1
Forrest Bank Local
Foston Hall Female
Frankland A 1 3 4 1 5
Full Sutton A 1 1 4 2 2 5 3 8 1
Garth B 2 4 1 2 6 4 4 6 2 5 2 3 4 7
Gartree Lifer 1 1 1 1
Glen Parva YOI/Remand 1 1 2 1 1 13 14
Gloucester Local 4 3 1 3 4 6
Grendon/Spring Hill B/D 4 5 2 1 1 1 1 2 5 1
Guys Marsh C 1 3 5
Haverigg C 1 1
Hewell (formerly Brockhill Blakenhurst and Hewell Grange) Local/C/D 26 23 22 17 16 12 19 13 6 9 24 15 12 12
Highdown Local/Remand 5 1 3 9 10 11 13 13 3 3 4 6 24 20
Highpoint C 14 16 11 9 10 8 17 22 10 9 12 15 31 28
Hindley YOI/Juvenile/Remand 16 16 13 7 16 19 18 15 3 3
Hollesley Bay D/YOI 18 16 4 3 1 7 6 1 7 3 6 3
Holloway Female 2 3 1 8
Holme House Local 1 3 3 1 4 4 2 1 3 3 4 4
Hull Local 1 1 1 1 2 1
Huntercombe Juvenile/YOI 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3
Kennet C 1 3 2 1 1 2 3 5 1 3
Kingston/Portsmouth. Lifer 2 2
Kirkham D 4 2 3 1 1 1
Kirklevington C 8 5 2 2 7 1 2 2 8 4 3 7
Lancaster Castle C
Lancaster Farms YOI/Remand 1 1 1 1
Latchmere House C 3 4 1 1 4 2 2
Leeds Local 4 3 1 1 1 1 5 7 3 3 3 2 10 11
Leicester Local 5 5 6 6 2 2 3 2 2 1 2 6 1 5
Lewes Local 1 1
Leyhill D 1 5 5 2 1
Lincoln Local 1 1 1 2 2 1
Lindholme C 1 3 5 8
Littlehey C 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Liverpool Local 2 1 2 2 5 6 15 17 12 8 11 6
Long Lartin A 3 6 2 2 2 1 2 4 12 1 6
Low Newton Female 1 2
Lowdham Grange B 3 1 1 1 3 11 1 1 2 1
Maidstone C 4 4 2 2 11 18 4 3
Manchester A/Local 5 21 3 7 5 7 5 5 1 4 2 5
Moorland Closed C 2 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 11 3 9
Moorland Open C/D/YOI 1 2 2 2
Morton Hall Female 3 1 1
New Hall Female 1
North Sea Camp D 3 2 3 2 6 4 4 5 2 4 7 4
Northallerton YOI 1 1 1
Norwich Local/YOI/D 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 5 13 11 1
Nottingham Local 2 1 4 3 4 4 1 2 2 4 4 1
Onley C/YOI 1 1 4 3 3 4 2 2 2
Parc Local/YOI 3 3 5 6 5 5 1 3 1 3 4 8 8
Parkhurst B 4 3 2 2 1 2
Pentonville Local 2 4 2 2 1
Peterborough Local/Female 6 6 6 7 10 10 5 6 7 8 1 3 7 6
Portland YOI
Preston Local 9 7 14 8 32 38 8 7
Ranby C 4 4 3 5 10 9 1 6 3 12 15 24 5 7
Reading YOI/Remand 1 1 1 8 4
Risley C 3 5 2 4 2 2 1 2 9 14
Rochester YOI 1 1 2 1 1 1
Rye Hill B 1 3 3 3 3 4
Send Female 1
Shepton Mallet Lifer
Shrewsbury Local 1 1 1 1 2 1
Stafford C 1 2 1 3 2 3 1 1 7 3 1 4 5
Stanford Hill D 1 1 3 2
Stocken C 6 2 3 5 1 13
Stoke Heath YOI/Remand 1 1 9 10 3 2 9 10 2 2 1 1 2 5
Styal Female 1 2 2 2 1 2
Sudbury D 4 7 1 1 1
Swaleside B 7 7 4 4 5 10 4 3 2 1 8 16 7 14
Swansea Local 1 2 5 6 4 4 2
Swinfen Hall C/YOI 3 5 1 1 2 2 1 1 4 1
The Mount C 2 3 1 1
Thorn Cross YOI 1 1
Usk/Prescoed C/D 2 2 4 5 3 2 1
Verne C 4 3 23 30 8 9
Wakefield A 1
Wandsworth Local 16 13 14 16 25 18 33 29 18 16 41 33 25 27
Warren Hill D/YOI Juvenile
Wayland C 7 12 1 2
Wealstun C 1 1 15 14 1 2 10 13 2 2 1 2 12 8
Wellingborough C 1 2 14 12 1 4
Werrington House YOI/Juvenile 5 2 2
Wetherby YOI/Remand 1 1
Whatton C
Whitemoor A 1 2 1 4 1 2 2 4
Winchester C 1 3 2 2 2 6 5 5
Wolds C
Woodhill A/Remand 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3
Wormwood Scrubs Local 16 17 29 23 13 13 27 25 4 2 13 12 27 26
Wymott C 2 4 1 1 1 0 2 2 7 6
Grand Total 305 321 355 350 309 325 373 387 328 329 424 475 434 488
2008 2009
November December January February March Totals
Prison Category M S M S M S M S M s M S
Acklington C 2 2 1 2 2 2 12 13
Albany B 1 1 2
Altcourse Local 15 15 7 7 44 39 23 20 11 9 172 164
Ashfield Juvenile/YOI/Remand 1 2 1 2
Ashwell C 2 2 3 3 1 5 3 5 5 3 30 37
Askham Grange Female open 0 0
Aylesbury YOI 5 4 1 1 2 69 46
Bedford Local 2 3 2 3 2 4 2 12 6
Belmarsh A/Local 1 20 28
Birmingham Local 8 10 10 9 5 3 5 9 4 6 105 116
Blantyre House C 1 3
Blundeston C 1 7 5 1 5 9 1 41 46
Brinsford Juvenile/YOI/Remand 1 2 2 4 4 1 4 35 48
Bristol Local 18 14
Brixton B/Local 1 2 4 3 3 5 230 192
Bronzefield Female 2 2 2 2 6 9 3 4 14 20
Buckley Hall C 8 8 1 1 30 25
Bullingdon Local/Remand 3 1 4 2 1 4 3 29 30
Bullwood Hall C 3 2
Camp Hill C 2 3 2 2 12 15
Canterbury C 1 5 1 1 12 15
Cardiff Local 1 2 4 2 3 2 3 2 2 21 26
Castington Juvenile/YOI/Remand 1 1 2
Channings Wood C 6 11 2 2 6 6 6 6 50 69
Chelmsford B 2 3 3 4 22 22
Coldingley C 1 6 7
Cookham Wood Juvenile 0 0
Dartmoor B 4 12 .3 4 9 8 2 8 6 50 53
Deerbolt YOI 1 1 2 1 4 2 16 15
Doncaster Local 1 1 4 4
Dorchester Local 2 1 1 1 4 3
Dovegate B 5 10 3 3 2 23 20
Downview Female 1 2 1 2
Drake Hall Female 2 1
Durham Local 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 9 14
East Sutton Park Female open 4 7
Eastwood Park Female 3 2 8 7
Edmunds Hill C 5 5 1 2 1 1 3 3 22 22
Elmley Local 5 4 3 5 3 7 5 15 3 5 40 64
Erlestoke C 12 7
Everthorpe C 3 3 2 2 1 1 7 5 45 43
Exeter Local 3 2 4 3 4 4 3 3 39 36
Featherstone C 1 5 14 15 5 7 15 17 3 5 39 50
Feltham YOI/Remand 8 8 13 16 14 13 75 76
Ford D 2 2 1 1 9 10
Forrest Bank Local 0 0
Foston Hall Female 1 0 1
Frankland A 1 1 4 1 4 6 2 13 20
Full Sutton A 1 1 1 6 2 8 1 10 37
Garth B 1 7 2 1 7 8 4 2 5 6 40 55
Gartree Lifer 6 7 6 1 6 1 1 10 22
Glen Parva YOI/Remand 3 4 1 3 4 23 25
Gloucester Local 16 12 1 3 .26 27
Grendon/Spring Hill B/D 2 3 2 2 10 8 19 9 1 1 42 38
Guys Marsh C 3 1 7 6
Haverigg C 3 3 1 1 4 3 6 4 15 12
Hewell (formerly Brockhill Blakenhurst and Hewell Grange) Local/C/D 19 3 21 23 18 10 6 7 2 3 191 147
Highdown Local/Remand 15 15 3 1 6 6 1 16 14 103 99
Highpoint C 15 12 3 4 16 12 16 10 6 3 161 148
Hindley YOI/Juvenile/Remand 7 9 4 5 2 4 79 78
Hollesley Bay D/YOI 4 2 8 1 9 2 5 3 9 6 79 45
Holloway Female 1 2 3 14
Holme House Local 2 5 3 6 12 11 4 4 3 2 40 45
Hull Local 2 2 2 3 4 4 7 6 17 20
Huntercombe Juvenile/YOI 1 2 1 1 2 7 10
Kennet C 4 3 5 3 3 1 7 7 6 21 40
Kingston/Portsmouth. Lifer 1 1 2 1 1 5 5
Kirkham D 1 9 4
Kirklevington C 5 5 4 11 9 11 10 9 3 70 48
Lancaster Castle C 0 0
Lancaster Farms YOI/Remand 1 2 2 4 5
Latchmere House C 6 2 5 1 21 10
Leeds Local 4 7 4 8 6 5 4 7 10 11 55 66
Leicester Local 2 4 1 2 2 2 3 1 1 29 37
Lewes Local 1 1
Leyhill D 1 8 7
Lincoln Local 9 7 5 5 2 4 1 1 2 22 22
Lindholme C 2 2 8 13
Littlehey C 1 1 1 1 2 1 8 7
Liverpool Local 6 9 3 1 18 16 3 6 10 83 76
Long Lartin A 1 1 1 6 2 1 1 21 33
Low Newton Female 1 2
Lowdham Grange B 1 2 2 2 5 2 18 21
Maidstone C 4 1 9 8 3 4 3 3 2 2 42 45
Manchester A/Local 4 15 4 6 5 4 6 6 3 3 43 83
Moorland Closed C 3 2 7 8 1 1 4 4 4 3 37 47
Moorland Open C/D/YOI 6 8 4 2 13 14
Morton Hall Female 1 2 2 2 4 8
New Hall Female 0 1
North Sea Camp D 8 8 2 4 5 4 2 1 3 6 45 44
Northallerton YOI 1 2 2
Norwich Local/YOI/D 1 1 2 5 5 7 2 3 1 1 32 37
Nottingham Local 1 1 1 2 6 1 1 21 24
Onley C/YOI 3 2 1 2 4 18 16
Parc Local/YOI 2 1 3 2 3 4 3 1 9 10 45 48
Parkhurst B 1 1 5 3 1 1 1 2 6 14 21
Pentonville Local 4 4 2 2 10 13
Peterborough Local/Female 2 5 7 8 10 13 2 2 13 11 76 85
Portland YOI 4 6 4 6
Preston Local 9 9 4 14 10 9 10 16 96 108
Ranby C 1 1 3 3 4 3 4 4 53 78
Reading YOI/Remand 4 4 0 14 11
Risley C 3 7 5 8 25 42
Rochester YOI 1 2 2 1 5 4 1 1 5 6 18 17
Rye Hill B 6 6 6 6 7 5 1 11 9 36 38
Send Female 1 3 1 1 5
Shepton Mallet Lifer 2 3 2 3
Shrewsbury Local 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 8 7
Stafford C 2 1 4 8 22 27
Stanford Hill D 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 10 9
Stocken C 10 20
Stoke Heath YOI/Remand 2 3 7 3 4 1 41 37
Styal Female 1 2 2 2 7 10
Sudbury D 12 7 17 16
Swaleside B 3 8 7 9 2 4 4 4 2 3 55 83
Swansea Local 2 1 4 3 5 9 1 2 22 29
Swinfen Hall C/YOI 7 9 3 3 4 2 25 24
The Mount C 1 1 1 1 7 6 12
Thorn Cross YOI 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 8 6
Usk/Prescoed C/D 11 8
Verne C 2 6 2 1 1 3 3 3 43 55
Wakefield A 0 1
Wandsworth Local 16 16 13 6 23 14 2 3 8 7 234 198
Warren Hill D/YOI Juvenile 0 0
Wayland C 1 1 2 2 3 4 14 21
Wealstun C 2 3 6 7 8 8 1 6 7 64 68
Wellingborough C 9 6 10 8 6 7 9 14 5 6 55 59
Werrington House YOI/Juvenile 1 1 3 8
Wetherby YOI/Remand 2 2 1 1 4 4
Whatton C 0 0
Whitemoor A 1 2 2 7 15
Winchester C 3 2 3 2 16 20
Wolds C 0 0
Woodhill A/Remand 1 4 7
Wormwood Scrubs Local 13 9 4 3 14 18 3 4 8 7 171 159
Wymott C 2 6 2 1 1 4 3 1 25 23
Grand Total 279 307 296 318 428 432 287 286 314 334 4,132 4,352
M = Mobile phones

S = SIM cards

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems, based on the number of mobile phones and SIM cards submitted by individual prisons and analysed by a central unit. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. The data are not subject to audit.

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