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Two arrested for allegedly trying to throw packages over Maidstone Prison wall

Friday 16th June 2017

TWO Londoners have been arrested and bailed on suspicion of trying to hurl "prohibited items" over the wall of Maidstone Prison.

On Thursday June 15, 2017, officers stopped a man in County Road, who was reportedly acting suspiciously and carrying a number of packages outside HMP Maidstone. He had earlier been a passenger in a car and the driver was also arrested.

The suspects, a 26-year-old man from Dagenham and a 31-year-old man from Thamesmead, London were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into a prison. They were later both bailed, pending further enquiries, until 14 July.  

Forensic analysis to determine the contents of the packages is ongoing.

A police spokesman said: "For evidential reasons, the packages can't be opened at this stage. But it's fair to say that we suspect they might contain drugs or mobile phones or both but we have to check. It's unlikely they contained knitting patterns."