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Breaking News ! A mum tried to smuggle cannabis to a serving inmate at a Cambridgeshire prison - hiding the drugs inside a condom. On April 18 last year, Toni Mandley, 26, of Betony Close, Northampton, was visiting a prisoner she knew at HMP Peterborough with her young daughter. While she was in the visiting area, CCTV operators spotted Mandley handing over an item to the man, which he hid down his trousers. When the man left the visiting area, officers noticed he didn't appear to be walking freely and seemed to be restricted in his movements. The man was then subjected to a search, which revealed an item between his thighs. The item, which was wrapped in cling film and placed into a condom, then dropped to the floor. Two smaller packages were also found inside. They were later examined by a force drugs expert, with one package found to contain cannabis and the other tobacco. Read More Related Articles Cambs inmate violently assaulted prison Governor while in isolation Read More Related Articles Cambs prisoner caught hiding drugs and a mobile phone in his underwear Mandley's details were taken but she was let go and reported to police as she had her young daughter with her. In a later voluntary police interview, Mandley gave a pre-prepared statement denying the offences. She also claimed the CCTV of her handing over the package was 'misleading.' Sign up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter If you're looking for a way to stay up to date with the latest breaking news from around Cambridgeshire, the CambridgeshireLive newsletter is a good place to start. The daily update will deliver the top news and features to your inbox every morning and evening. We choose the most important stories of the day to include in the newsletter, including crime, court news, long reads, traffic and travel, food and drink articles and more.
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She answered 'no comment' to all the questions asked by officers in the interview. Despite this, she was later served with a postal requisition charging her with bringing a list A article into a prison. She admitted the charge at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (September 16). At a sentencing on the same day, Mandley was handed six months in prison, suspended for a year. She was also instructed to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
Sentencing, Recorder Patrick Fields told the court Mandley had handed the drugs and tobacco over 'surreptitiously' and had then tried to lie her 'way out of it' in a later interview. He also said that smuggling drugs into prisons can cause issues by cultivating violence and intimidation, and needs 'only a spark'. DC Louis Scott, who investigated, said: “Drugs can ruin lives and Mandley knew this, yet she still decided to try and smuggle cannabis and tobacco into HMP Peterborough. Thankfully this was intercepted. “I hope this sends out a warning to those who try to smuggle into prison – you will be brought before the courts.” If you suspect someone is involved in drug dealing, Cambridgeshire police asks that you visit their page here.