Leeds & West Yorkshire

Wakefield Prison officers in court over phone plot

Five prison officers have appeared in court accused of being involved in a plot to smuggle mobile phones into a top security jail.

It is alleged that the officers failed to notify prison authorities that Brian McBride, an inmate at Wakefield Prison, had a mobile phone.

The offences allegedly took place between 1 June 2008 and 30 September 2009, Leeds Crown Court heard.

The officers will next appear at the court on 25 May. They are on bail.

A provisional trial date was set for 3 September.

The prison officers are all from West Yorkshire.

They are: Karen Cosford, 47, of Altofts, Normanton; Carolyn Falloon, 50, of Walton, Wakefield; Jacqueline Flynn, 46, of South Kirby, Pontefract; David Sunderland, 49, of Lofthouse, Wakefield; and Kevin Wilson, 56, of Normanton.

They are all charged with wilfully neglecting to perform their duty and wilfully misconducting themselves in public office.

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