Sunday 23 July 2017

Cigarette raiders break into jail

About 8,000 pounds worth of tobacco was taken during a raid at HMP Kirkham near Preston
About 8,000 pounds worth of tobacco was taken during a raid at HMP Kirkham near Preston

Raiders have broken into a prison and made off with a haul of cigarettes.

The thieves entered a storage area at HMP Kirkham near Preston, Lancashire, and stole £8,000 of tobacco.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Constabulary said: "We can confirm that we are looking into a report of a theft of a large quantity of tobacco after an outbuilding within Kirkham prison was broken into earlier this month. An investigation is ongoing and officers are reviewing CCTV footage."

The burglary at the Category D jail, which houses up to 590 inmates, took place on November 5.

The former RAF training centre opened as a prison in 1962.

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