A prison worker has been arrested following a joint operation.
This morning (Tuesday 10 July 2018) a woman in her 30s was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs. She was also arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office at HMP Hindley in Wigan.
The woman remains in custody for questioning.
It follows a joint operation between Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and TITAN (North West Regional Organised Crime Unit) into corruption in prisons across the North West.
Parts of the prison, an address in Golborne and a vehicle were all searched and an amount of suspected Class A and Class B drugs were recovered.
Detective Sergeant John Davies, of TITAN’s Prison Investigation Unit, said: “This arrest follows a three-month investigation into corruption within prisons across the North West and has only been made possible with the support of staff at HMP Hindley.
“While we have made an arrest, I must stress that our investigation does not stop here and we will continue with our enquiries.
Stuart Nicholson, Security Governor at HMP Hindley, said: “Corruption of any kind will never be tolerated in our prisons. This arrest forms part of an ongoing investigation and we will continue to work with TITAN and help them with their enquiries.”