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Bristol prison anti-smuggling operation held

A visitor being checked using a drugs itemiser machine
Image caption A machine that can identify anyone who has handled drugs recently was used

Police and staff at Bristol Prison have carried out a joint operation aimed at stopping visitors from trying to smuggle in banned items.

Peter Noonan, governor of the Horfield jail, said visitors were searched for items including weapons and phones.

A police drugs dog and a machine that can identify anyone who has handled drugs recently were also used.

A force spokesman said three people had been caught allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the jail this year.

The three, who are on remand awaiting trial, face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

Mr Noonan said the operations are carried out regularly.

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