Prison guards affairs with lags exposed including Christmas Day cell sex treat
Three prison guards have been handed prison sentences after having affairs with inmates at the UK's biggest prison.
Jennifer Gavan, 27, Ayshea Gunn, 27, and Emily Watson, 26, all had affairs with prisoners at the £250 million HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, North Wales, where Category C adult male offenders are incarcerated.
Anti-corruption training has since been launched in a bid to prevent similar incidents in the future, BirminghamLive reported.
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Gavan pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office between April and July 2020 after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with prisoner Alex Coxon, now 25.
She was also accused of accepting a £150 bribe to smuggle a mobile phone into the high-security jail, as well as communicating with him via a phone held illegally.
Speaking of the case, Judge Niclas Parry said: "I express my surprise that employees at HMP Berwyn are writing in support of [Gavan] and are critical of other employees at Berwyn.
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"That is a matter I think should be brought to the attention of the authorities at the prison."
Meanwhile, 27-year-old Gunn was also handed a prison sentence after she entered into a sexual relationship with Khuram Razaq, 29, in 2019.
The inmate involved was described as "dangerous" and was serving a twelve-year sentence for conspiracy to rob when he met Gunn at Berwyn.
Watson was similarly jailed that year for performing a sex act on an inmate she had become infatuated with in his cell on Christmas Day.
The 26-year-old's fling was with John McGee, a prisoner serving eight years for death by dangerous driving.
The prison service is now trialing social media checks for some of the "higher risk" roles where staff may interact with inmates, including prisoners.
Jail staff are also now being vetted every ten years in a bid to stop future illicit liaisons and enhanced security is being introduced to prevent guards from smuggling items into the jail.
The Prison Service said the most recent independent inspection of HMP Berwyn in Wales found security arrangements at the formidable jail were good.
A Prison Service spokesman said: "The overwhelming majority of Prison Service staff are hardworking and dedicated and we will not hesitate to punish those who break the rules.
"Over 500 members of staff at HMP Berwyn have undertaken corruption prevention training in the last 18 months and our enhanced security is protecting the prison against attempts to smuggle illicit items inside."
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