Hungry prisoners satisfy culinary cravings by smuggling in steak
on September 25, 2019

HMP Thorn Cross is a 380-capacity open prison in Cheshire A separate report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons into the prison last year confirmed that food was being thrown over the jail fence – with people on the outside throwing tins of tuna over the fence to waiting inmates.The 2017 report stated that 88 per cent of lags said the food served up at the prison was awful and that it was “very unpopular with prisoners”.A Prison Service spokesman said: “Smuggling unauthorised items into prison is unacceptable and anyone found doing so can face longer behind bars.” Prisoners left hungry by small meals prepared in jail are getting friends on the outside to smuggle in steaks, according to a review.Inmates at HMP Thorn Cross, a 380-capacity open prison in Cheshire, have resorted to having sausages, bacon, fish and steaks thrown over the fence.A report by the Independent Monitoring Board found contraband at the establishment continues to be “problematic”, despite the efforts of catering teams to satisfy prisoners’ culinary tastes with “themed nights” offering food from countries around the world. This is in addition to a “Food Focus” group where lags can suggest menu ideas, and a catering course held three times a week where inmates prepare burgers for others to buy.It said: “In the reporting year there have been incidences of mobile phones, sim cards, phone chargers, and other substances and even fresh meat and fish. HMP Thorn Cross is a 380-capacity open prison in CheshireCredit:KENDALL/PA Archive “Despite excellent use of intelligence available to the discipline staff it remains a problem.”Items found through searches and cell searches are high value currency items and it is important that prevention on entering the establishment is paramount and use and uptake of the contraband is impossible.”Prisoners are able to cook food with microwaves and toasters.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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