MP writes to prisons inspector over drugs in jail

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AN MP has voiced concerns over the availability of drugs inside Durham jail.

Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods spoke out after a report was released by the Inspectorate of Prisons.

It found that one in eight inmates develop a drug habit while in the category B jail, and one in five tested positive in random drug tests.

Ms Blackman-Woods said: “I go on visits to the prison on a regular basis and have felt that over the last few years significant progress has been made in turning Durham into a community prison.”

The MP welcomed that there were positive comments about the management of the prison in the report.

She added: “Inspectors do feel that progress is being made particularly with regard to learning and skills but more needs to be done.

“In particular I am obviously worried about the comments made by HM Inspectorate of Prisons about drug availability at the prison.

“Clearly this is something that will need to be tackled.

“I have written to the Chief Inspector Nick Hardwick today asking for a meeting with him so I can discuss his findings in more detail.”