Patrol round Polmont prison stops drugs getting in

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A joint operation to stop drugs getting into Polmont’s young offenders institution has been hailed a success.

Police say drugs were prevented from getting into the prison by patrolling the outer boundary and searching visitors.

Central Scotland Police and the Scottish Prison Service carried out the joint operation to reduce illegal contraband entering HM Young Offenders Institution, Polmont.

Because security is so tight in the prison, it has been identified that one of the main ways inmates can get illegal drugs and mobile phones inside is to have them thrown over the outer wall.

Sergeant Kerri Marshall said: “The intelligence-led operation involved a high visibility police presence and the searching of visitors to the establishment.

“The introduction of contraband to the institution was significantly reduced as a result of our operation. The number of visitors to the prison vastly reduced as a result of the police presence, and was clearly a deterrent.

“Central Scotland Police will continue with these joint operations and remind anyone visiting the young offenders establishment that introducing illegal contraband is an offence, and will be dealt with robustly.”

The prison service and police are asking local residents to report any suspicious activity around Polmont YOI. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 01786 456000.