Inmates show off their ‘corner shop’ prison cells selling biscuits and toiletries
EXCLUSIVE: One prisoner boasts about having an Xbox, TV and stereo in his ‘two-bedroom suite’ while another says his ‘pad’ is like a village shop because of the amount of food
This gloating prisoner has stockpiled an extraordinary array of food – but some of it must be well past its cell-by date.
There are bottles of juice, cheesy biscuits, powdered milk and cereal packs. But ironically, no porridge.
The hoard of grub sits alongside saucy mags – on the top shelf, naturally – and masses of toiletries.
Another lag has milk, coffee, tea, sugar, and tins of tuna, and inmates boast of ordering electrical gear from Argos.
These pictures were posted on Facebook from mobile phones – which are not allowed in cells.
One prisoner, posting under the name Chris Hutchinson and believed to be serving 10 years in HMP Gartree, Leics, claims he has a TV, Xbox games console and a music system in his cell.
He says he uses money sent by friends and family to buy things and in a video posted just days ago, he compares life in his “two-bedroom en suite” to “being in Butlin’s”.
The lag says: “Buy my speaker set off Argos catalogue, can make orders once a month, got Xbox too. People send you money in, not bring you stuff in.”
Another inmate, believed to be in HMP Altcourse, Liverpool, boasts his “pad” is like a village shop because of the amount of food on shelves and inside cabinets.
One prisoner posted a video revealing how he had cooked a curry with rice in a kettle in his cell
And a lag calling himself “Darcus Marcus” online posted a picture of his cell with an Xbox. When asked how he got the console in, he replied: “The same way I got my phone. LOL.”
As well as buying goods from Argos, inmates said they could order clothing from M&M Direct.
Although it is not illegal to send money to inmates, officers have been shocked by the amount of treats found in cells.
Some lags have so much stock they are thought to be trading it for other items.
Prisoners who earn privileges can buy Argos and Amazon goods from a list of 1,000 items approved by the National Offenders Management Service.
One officer said: “Most inmates have extra bits and pieces in their cell but it depends on the nature of the inmate and what regime they are on.
“Prisoners will trade just about anything they can get their hands on, but life is getting too comfortable.
“Some inmates watch TV or play computer games all day. While some have access to money and outside help, others don’t and it can cause conflict.”
A Prison Service spokesman said: “We apply common sense to what prisoners can buy and keep in their cells.”