Liverpool prison guard in crack cocaine and firearms bust
A PRISON guard was arrested after police seized bullets and crack cocaine.
The find sparked a security alert at HMP Liverpool yesterday.
And it led to a massive search of the prison for further ammunition.
Today the 42-year-old Walton prison officer, currently suspended from duty, was being questioned by detectives.
After Thursday night's raid on the guard’s home, prisoners were prevented from leaving the jail for court appearances as search teams moved in.
The lockdown meant several trials involving defendants listed at Liverpool crown court were delayed.
It is believed mobile phone Sim cards were also found in the officer’s home.
He was arrested following a tip-off earlier that day while working at the prison.
Prison bosses decided to run a restricted regime during the search, although inmates still received meals and necessary medical treatment.
Court escorts and social visits were back to normal by lunchtime.
Walton was named as the worst prison in the country for positive drug tests in a dossier released last July.
A Merseyside police spokesman said: “We can confirm a 42-year-old man was arrested at HMP Liverpool on Thursday April 23, on suspicion of taking unauthorised articles into a prison and possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.
“A subsequent search of his home address led to the seizure of a quantity of ammunition.”
Built in 1855, Walton covers some 22 acres and has a single capped security wall.
There are eight wings, all of which are in use having been refurbished.
The prison can house up to 1,443 inmates. THE ECHO