BORIS Johnson was stunned as he learned lags smuggle drugs in KINDER EGGS up their bottoms during a tour of Leeds prison.
The PM looked both shocked and appalled when a prison officer showed him an X-ray of an inmate on a body scanning machine.
The officer talked the PM through how inmates smuggle, or plug, contraband by hiding it inside their bodies.
A baffled Boris exclaimed: “A Kinder egg? So is that inside? He’s ingested it?! He’s plugged it?!”
Moments later when the guard told him tobacco was stuffed inside the chocolate treat, Boris said: “You are joking?!”
The PM arrived this morning at Leeds Category B jail this morning as he unveiled another £100million to upgrade prison security.
The fresh cash will pay for more airport-style x-ray machines to stop drugs and weapons smuggling as well as mobile phone jammers.
It is part of a jumbo £2.5billion splurge on popular new crime-fighting initiatives, that also include toughening up sentencing and 10,000 more prison places.
The last PM to publicly visit a Category B prison was David Cameron, who was shown around West London’s Wormwood Scrubs in 2012. Mr Cameron also visited Category C-rated HMP Onley, near Rugby, in February 2016.
Theresa May didn’t step foot inside a jail during her three years in No10. Ahead of today’s prison visit, the new PM said: “We cannot allow our prisons to become factories for making bad people worse.
“We will stop the drugs, weapons and the mobile phones coming in, so we can safeguard victims, protect staff, cut violence and make our prisons properly equipped to reform and rehabilitate.”
“The public must see justice being done, punishment being served and feel protected.” Only 25 of the 122 prisons in total in the UK currently have x-ray machines.”
HMP Leeds: famous lags
- Charles Bronson – Bronson, 65, served time at HMP Leeds, also known as Armley, for armed robbery in in 1975.
- But the notorious lag was moved about after attacking fellow convicts and damaging prison property.
- Adam Johnson – Paedo footballer Johnson, 32, was jailed in Leeds after he was sentenced for sexually abusing and grooming a 15-year-old girl in March 2015.
- He served time in the jail before being transferred to Category A prison HMP Frankland.
- Roy Chubby Brown – The bawdy comedian served three months in HMP Leeds as a 17-year-old.
- He had been sentenced to two years in Borstal for breaking an entering but was sent to the adult jail first before he was moved on.
A YouGov poll last night found 75 per cent of Brits support Mr Johnson’s roll out of greater stop and research powers. The figure included 93 per cent of all Tory voters, and 61 per cent of Labour and Lib Dem.
But it has led MPs to suspect Downing Street is secretly planning to go to the country in the Autumn to boost the PM’s wafer-thin Commons majority of one.
As Mr Johnson also held a criminal justice summit in No10 yesterday, the Justice Secretary insisted the moves were not “election talk”.
The Sun Says
THE Tories are getting tough on crime, and not before time. Our streets increasingly feel like the Wild West.
Criminals need to know there’s a new sheriff in town — and between them, PM Boris and Home Secretary Priti Patel are certainly laying down the law.
Boris’s announcements — more cops, more prison places, harsher sentences and proper stop and search — have provoked the usual squeals from left-wingers looking for something, anything, to batter the new PM with.
But it’s about time we started giving police the confidence, the resources and the powers to hold the Thin Blue Line.
It is true that too many of our prisons seem to have become factories that simply make hardened criminals worse. It is also true that some young offenders don’t belong behind bars and would benefit instead from genuinely tough community sentences.
So as well as ensuring our streets are safe, the Government must get to the bottom of the prison problem.
It is possible to do both. And the winners will be not just ordinary hard-working families, but the communities most affected by crime.
The latest criticism is that these announcements are just electioneering. Maybe so. But if this tough approach breeds results, we don’t mind.
And nor will common-sense Brits.