Bedfordshire Police have charged three men after images captured by Bedford Borough Council’s CCTV Team caught people taking part in ‘throw overs’ at Bedford Prison.
A ‘throw over’ is when someone tries to get contraband items, like drugs, tobacco or mobile phones to inmates at a prison by simply throwing them over the prison wall.
The CCTV Team filmed three individuals outside Bedford Prison doing just that on two separate occasions over two days.
In the early hours of 18 August, a man was filmed on Adelaide Square throwing something over the prison wall.
The images were shared with Police and a man, who has previously been arrested for the same offence, was stopped and arrested by officers on Boswell Place.
The next day two men were also seen on Adelaide Square throwing an item over the prison wall.
Police used the CCTV images and later arrested two men on Bromham Road.
Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety at Bedford Borough Council said: “This is another example of good partnership working in the Borough.
“Our CCTV team continuously work alongside the police and prison staff to help catch those involved in attempted throw overs.”
Bedfordshire Police have now charged three men with attempting to bring prohibited items into Bedford Prison.
“This is yet more evidence of the good work and real impact we are having on criminality at the prison,” said sergeant Ian Leeson, from Operation Yellow, Bedfordshire Police’s operation to tackle smuggling into the prison.
“We have secured a number of significant arrests and sentences already this year, and will continue to work with the prison and the council to tackle this threat.”
PJ Butler, Governor of HMP Bedford added: “The collaborative relationship between the prison and our wonderful partner agencies is working incredibly well to detect, capture and prosecute individuals who seek to break the law.
“This is a premonition that these individuals should heed.”