A former Doncaster prison officer has been sentenced to five years and seven months for trying to convey illicit items into the prison where he worked

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Man sentenced for bringing illicit items into Doncaster prison.
A former Doncaster prison officer has  been sentenced to five years and seven months for trying to convey illicit items into the prison where he worked.
Thomas Walls, 26, formerly of Zetland Road, Intake, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today to be sentenced, after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.
He also pleaded guilty to conveying List A, B & C articles into prison.
In November 2019, police arrested Walls, after concerns were raised by prison staff at HMP Doncaster. They had grown suspicious about Walls’ behaviour, after he regularly started to evade staff searches.
In late November, Walls was seen on prison CCTV to leave the building, before returning with his prison issue bag. When he was searched, they found several wrapped packages and tobacco inside his bag.
He was subsequently arrested, and taken into police custody.
When the wrapped packages were opened, inside were mobile phones, tobacco, lighters, chargers, bags of white powder, spice and cannabis.
Detective Constable Jon White from the Prison Crime Unit in Doncaster’s Op Fortify team, said: “Walls abused his position as a prison officer and now faces a custodial sentence himself.
“He made repeated, conscious efforts to avoid the regular searches by his employer, in his attempts to convey such items into the prison, fuelling organised crime within the establishment, which in turn put his colleague’s safety at risk on a daily basis.
“We are grateful to our partners at HMP Doncaster for alerting us to this criminal behaviour and I hope this result today sends a strong message to any individual thinking of attempting to smuggle items into prisons in Doncaster: we are watching, we will take action and we will bring you before the courts. These people are not your friends; they will be your co-accused.”
John Hewitson, Serco Prison Director at HMP Doncaster, said: “Serco notes the outcome of the Sheffield Crown Court regarding the inappropriate behaviour of one of our former employees.
“Serco has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to people breaking the law and will always act swiftly to ensure those who do are quickly bought to justice.
There is no scenario where we will ever accept people bringing contraband into a secure prison establishment and we will continue to work with local police authorities to eradicate this type of risk.”