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Woodhill Prison: Tear gas smuggler caught

Exterior view of HMP Woodhill Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Tear gas was found by guards who searched a prison visitor after seeing a "suspicious package"

A visitor tried to smuggle tear gas into a prison, the BBC has learned.

The gas was found by wardens at HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, who spotted the "suspect package" on the visitor in the prison's search area last Saturday afternoon.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed "an unauthorised item was successfully intercepted" before the visitor entered the prison itself.

It said it took "a zero tolerance approach to contraband in our prisons".

A spokeswoman confirmed police were investigating the discovery.

The incident happened on 21 May was documented in an internal prison report seen by the BBC.

The report said the "police attended and the visitor was arrested".

HMP Woodhill is a category A prison which can house up to 819 inmates.

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