Wakefield Prison staff in dock over phone plot

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Five prison officers have been charged in connection with an alleged plot to smuggle mobile phones in to Wakefield’s maximum security jail.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that phones had been smuggled in to the jail to inmate Brian McBride.

The YEP understands McBride is a convicted rapist who has served more than 17 years of a life sentence.

Three women and two men – all healthcare officers at the Love Lane jail – were yesterday charged with failing to notify the prison authorities that McBride had possession of a mobile phone.

The charges relate to offences alleged to have been committed between November 2008 and September 2009 at Wakefield Prison, which houses some of the country’s most notorious and dangerous offenders.

The five charged are: Karen Cosford, 47, of Altofts near Wakefield; Carolyn Falloon, 50, of Walton, Wakefield; Jacqueline Flynn, 46, of South Kirkby near Pontefract; David Sunderland, 48, of Lofthouse, Wakefield, and Kevin Wilson, 56, of Normanton near Wakefield.

They spoke only to confirm their names, ages and addresses.

Prosecutor Diane Gomersall, alleged: “All were serving officers of the prison at Wakefield where mobile phones had been smuggled in to the prison to a long term serving prisoner.”

District Judge Marie Mallon told the five defendants the case could only be heard at crown court.

Judge Mallon granted all five conditional bail until their first appearance at Leeds Crown Court later this month.

Wakefield Prison’s notorious inmates include cannibal killer Robert Maudsley and Charles Bronson – dubbed Britain’s most violent prisoner.

Previous inmates have included Soham double child killer Ian Huntley and Harold Shipman, Britain’s most prolific serial killer. Shipman commited suicide by hanging in his cell at Wakefield Prison in January 2004.

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