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Six jailed over contraband at Brixton Prison

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Image caption The offences took place at Brixton Prison in south London between 2006 and last year

Six people, including a custody officer and a health worker, have been jailed for smuggling drugs and mobile phones into Brixton Prison in south London.

Security firm employee Alan Redmond, 25, of Deptford, south London, and hospital ward worker Ronald Smiles, 54, of Hockley, Essex, were sentenced to three years at Southwark Crown Court.

They admitted passing contraband cannabis and handsets to inmates.

Four others were sentenced for other smuggling conspiracies at the prison.

Redmond admitted misconduct in a public office between 2006 and 2010, and conspiring to smuggle drugs, mobile phones and tobacco into prison during 2009.

Cannabis was wrapped in packages and passed to inmates by Redmond, Southwark Crown Court heard.

He was responsible for escorting defendants at Inner London Crown Court, also in Southwark, and had free access to prisoners, the court was told.

Smiles smuggled items into prison over a three-month period in 2009.

He admitted misconduct in a public office and conspiring to smuggle drugs, phones and tobacco into prison.

'Misguided loyalty'

The court heard a prisoner and his girlfriend, as well as a mother and her son, had also plotted to bring material into the jail.

Brixton inmate Jonathan Lawlor admitted conspiring to smuggle mobile phones and making telephone calls while in prison.

He was given a 12-month sentence to serve after the end of his current term for wounding and affray.

Lawlor's girlfriend, Hayley Turner, of Chislehurst, Kent, admitted conspiring to smuggle mobile phones into prison and was jailed for eight months.

Jean Stacey, 59, of Streatham, south London, was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, for conspiring to smuggle drugs, mobile phones and tobacco into prison.

The judge said he accepted she carried out the offences because of "misguided loyalty" to her son Anthony Stacey, 32, of no fixed address.

He was jailed for two years for conspiring to smuggle drugs, mobile phones and tobacco into prison.

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