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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Prisoners at Cumbrian jail caught using Facebook

Thirteen prisoners at Cumbria’s only jail have been caught updating their social media profiles from their cells in the last 12 months.

Haverigg prison photo
HMP Haverigg

The 13th serving prisoner was caught using his Facebook account while serving in HMP Haverigg last week.

An inmate using the profile name Chrissy Embleton used the site to inform family and friends of his move to the prison from his former location.

After declaring he felt sick last week he received several messages of support, claiming it was “mental” at Cumbria’s only prison.

The prisoner even arranged a phone call with a friend during the online conversation.

The page was removed after authorities were notified of its existence.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “Prisoners have no access to the internet and are barred from updating Facebook while serving their sentence, or asking others to do so from outside prison. If they do, their accounts will be terminated.

“It is a criminal offence to have a mobile phone in prison and we work hard to keep them out. Any prisoner found in possession of one will be dealt with appropriately.”

In March, Michael Haggan, who is serving a four-year-sentence, was set to have further time added to his stay, after he was discovered using his Facebook account to appeal for penpals while inside.

Then in September, armed thug David Wibberley, from Liverpool, boasted on his social network site about “chilling” in his “pad”, as well as “skinning up” and being “whiffed out me ed” while at Haverigg.

And in October revelations came to light of drug dealers, thugs and burglars using mobile phones to take pictures of themselves inside the prison, before posting them online.

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