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Hidden danger: Toters jeans are
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of guns and knives in the U.S.
|'Gun concealment' jeans: the disturbing new craze in our jails|
By David Jarvis Last updated at 3:45 AM on 20th February 2011
Prisoners are wearing specially designed jeans imported from America which can conceal handguns and knives, according to leaked confidential documents.
A security bulletin distributed among prison governors warns of the need to ‘proceed with caution’ when encountering an inmate wearing denim trousers. The trousers are favoured by American street gangs but have only recently been seen in British prisons.
The development is the latest indication of the disorder in Britain’s prisons which reached a flashpoint in January when drunk prisoners rampaged through HMP Ford, near Arundel, burning down buildings and attacking officers.
Investigations into the riot’s ringleaders and the smuggling of contraband into prisons are ongoing. However, the security bulletins for September and October 2010 make clear that the problems are not unique to that institution. In one bulletin, the Ministry of Justice reveals that a recent intelligence-led search of a truck entering The Mount category C prison at Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, led to the seizure of cannabis resin, eight mobile phones, 15 packs of steroids and two bottles of gin.
Phones, sim cards and drugs were found in a prison-issue wooden coat hanger at category B Holme House Prison, in Stockton on Tees.
And at Full Sutton maximum security prison in York, Class A drugs were concealed in the rubber seal of a Tupperware box.
But it appears the trend of greatest concern to the Ministry of Justice is the use of jeans made by the US firm Toters, bought on the manufacturer’s website or eBay.
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