Fugitive prisoners, affair scandals, corrupt staff and smuggling £10,000 of drugs INSIDE jail under bosses’ noses: Inside ‘chaotic’ HMP Aylesbury
- MailOnline today revealed a prison nurse allegedly had an affair with an inmate
A female prison nurse is currently under investigation over claims she had an affair with a road rage inmate at HMP Aylesbury in just the latest scandal to hit the all-male jail.
Reports of fugitive prisoners, affairs, corrupt prison staff and the smuggling of £10,000 worth of drugs under bosses’ noses are just some of the allegations surrounding the ‘chaotic’ category-C facility.
MailOnline today revealed that Alexandra Power has been moved from HMP Aylesbury while allegations she had a relationship with inmate Jay Bell are investigated.
It is not the first time Bell has been implicated in an affair with staff, having previously been found to have a fling with a warden in Hemel Hempstead.
But from mobile phones being thrown over the wall to a damning report labelling the prison a ‘high-risk institution’, this is far from the first scandal at the chaotic jail.
From mobile phones being thrown over the wall to a damning report labelling the prison a ‘high-risk institution’, HMP Aylesbury has a troubled history
Nurse’s alleged inmate affair
Mother-of-two Ms Power is alleged to have had a fling with Bell after he was given a prison job in a reception area near to where she worked.
Bell, who has previously been in trouble for a different fling with a female prison warden, was most recently imprisoned in December for a violent road rage incident in London where he threatened motorcyclists with a hammer before striking one with it.
During the heated exchange the father-of-two told the motorists: ‘I’ll f*** you up.’
Alexandra Power has been moved from HMP Aylesbury while allegations she had a relationship with inmate Jay Bell are investigated
He was released from prison in September and is rumoured to now be living with Ms Power.
When spoken to at home, the 31-year-old nurse described the allegations as ‘false’.
She was working at the prison for the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, who have launched an internal investigation.
In a statement a Trust spokesman confirmed: ‘We have been made aware of an allegation involving a temporary worker which we are investigating. While this investigation is ongoing, the staff member has been asked not to attend the service location they usually work in.
‘We should stress that this is a neutral action to allow a full investigation to take place. We are not able to comment further on such matters while they are taking place.’
Phone smugglers foiled by wardens
In September Aylesbury came under fire again after two bags of mobile phones were thrown over a high wall onto prison grounds.
Two black wash bags containing contraband were thrown over the walls by a man who walked up to the jail on two separate occasions in August.
Fortunately the bags were intercepted both times by prison officers.
A man returned a third time and attempted three times to throw a third bag over the wall before running off.
‘Infatuated’ prison officer’s affair
Chelsea Blackwell, then 27, was jailed for eight months after she became ‘infatuated’ with an offender
In 2017 former prison officer Chelsea Blackwell, then 27, was jailed for eight months after she became ‘infatuated’ with an offender being housed at Aylesbury’s young offenders’ institution.
Blackwell made around 115 calls to Emmanuel Callender-Scott during his seven-year prison sentence for stabbing a cyclist and a Russian tourist on London’s Regent’s Canal.
He was jailed aged 15 after leaving one of his victims with a collapsed lung and the second with cheek and eye wounds.
As well as the phone calls, letters were also seized from Blackwell’s home address and Callender-Scott’s cell.
Blackwell admitted misconduct in a public office pertaining to a period when Callender-Scott would have been 21.
Drug smuggler officer
Clare Bennett was jailed for six-and-a-half years in 2018 after smuggling £10,000 worth of drugs into the prison
Former prison officer Clare Bennett was jailed for six-and-a-half years in 2018 after smuggling £10,000 worth of drugs into Aylesbury young offenders’ institution.
The then-44-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges including smuggling drugs and contraband and misconduct in public office.
Among the narcotics Bennett smuggled was the zombie drug spice.
She also tipped off inmates ahead of planned raids on their cells which prosecutors say put her colleagues at risk.
Report reveals ‘chaos’ at ‘high-risk institution’
A report into HMP Aylesbury in April found the prison had been ‘thrown into chaos’ by changes to its role amid national prison population pressures.
The prison, which was previously a facility for young men aged 18 to 21, was redesignated as the Category C retraining facility where inmates have the opportunity to learn skills helpful to them on release.
Since the ‘sudden’ change which happened ‘without sufficient consultation’, HM Inspectorate of Prisons identified serious issues with shortages of prison and nursing staff.
It also found inmates spent less than one hour of their day outside of their cells and managers did not use data effectively to evaluate the impact of education and skills curriculum.
It also highlighted concerning levels of violence towards staff and limited access to work and study for prisoners.
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