Crackdown on drug and mobile smugglers at the Farms

MORE than 80 visitors to a young offenders’ institution were searched by police in a crackdown on contraband items making their way into the establishment.

The activity was carried out as part of regular checks on those entering Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution to prevent items such as drugs or mobile phones being smuggled inside by visitors.

During a two-hour period on Wednesday, 27 vehicles and 82 people were searched by officers.

As a result of the checks, three vehicles were seized; three endorsable and five non endorsable fines were issued and two people were reported for summons for driving offences.

Inspector Geoff Tagg, Lancashire Police, said: “It is important that contraband items, such as drugs and mobile phones, are prevented from entering the establishment. Those visiting Lancaster YOI need to be aware that if they are asked to bring a contraband item into the prison they are committing an offence by carrying out this request and checks will be made to ensure this does not happen.”