Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Deadly Weapons Stash Seized from Prisoners; Officers' Searches Reveal Extent of Inmates' Lethal Arsenal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Deadly Weapons Stash Seized from Prisoners; Officers' Searches Reveal Extent of Inmates' Lethal Arsenal

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Byline: By TOM MULLEN

SECURITY documents, lethal weapons and illicit pornography have been seized at a prison.

Confidential prisoner ID cards, makeshift daggers and guitar string garrotes are among the stash found at Durham's Frankland Jail.

The haul has been uncovered as racial tensions in the prison reached fever pitch, with clashes between Asian and white inmates.

A total of 52 bladed weapons were confiscated, including spikes, a mirror weapon, nails and razor blades.

Jugs of cooking fat used for horrific scaldings, broken bottles and sharpened spears are among the stash revealed by the Chronicle today.

Boiling cooking fat was used in a horrific attack on al Qaeda terrorist Dhiren Barot last July and robber Malcolm Cruddas was targeted two months later using the same method.

Today a former North East prison officer with 16 years of experience said the haul "beggars belief".

Steve Cox, vice chairman of the Prison Officer's Association, said: "The prisoners are given access to kitchens to make their own food. That's where they get the cooking oil from.

"A few years ago an officer had hot oil poured over him. His burns were so bad he never came back to work."

Confidential security documents were also found in prisoners' possession - one of which contains detailed information about an inmate serving a sentence in HMP Bedford.

Mr Cox continued: "This is a prisoners' information record. They contain everything about a prisoner, his offence and date of birth.

"The security documents confiscated could be anything and everything. It's hugely worrying.

It is understood Barot and fellow terrorist Omar Khyam were moved from Frankland after saying they received threats from white inmates.

It was reported Muslim Barot said the jail was "too white" and complained the environment was dangerous. Cooking oil and weapons were seized almost every month last year, data from the Prison Service shows.

In January two bottles of oil, a homemade weapon and six razor blades were uncovered.

In February a bag of oil, two wooden wedges, a prisoner ID card and piece of sharp plastic were found. …

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