Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Phone in Jail Sees Nurse Cautioned; Mum's Behaviour Blasted at Hearing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Phone in Jail Sees Nurse Cautioned; Mum's Behaviour Blasted at Hearing

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A SHAMED prison nurse who smuggled a phone to an inmate has been handed a caution by watchdogs.

Victoria Osborne was jailed for nine months after prison guards caught her with the "prohibited article" at Durham's Holme House Prison in 2009.

Security staff were searching everybody entering the jail as she returned from her lunch break, and the phone was in her bag.

And when prison workers scoured the cells, they found a prisoner's diary which contained the nurse's name and address.

Now a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has blasted her behaviour and given her a five-year caution, which means she is still free to practice.

The panel's legal advisor Linda Goldman wrote: "The panel is satisfied that your conviction has a serious adverse affect on the perception of the public and its confidence in the profession.

"The reputation of the profession is compromised."

Osborne, 39, of Scott Road, Middlesbrough, had left the packaging for the phone on the back seat of her Mini parked outside before taking the phone through the security check point. …

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