WHITEMOOR PRISON OFFICER CHARGED WITH SUPPLYING DRUGS AND PHONE TO INMATE

PUBLISHED: 15:49 08 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:32 02 June 2010

A PRISON officer employed at Whitemoor jail in March has been charged with supplying drugs and mobile phones to an inmate over a six month period. Fifty-year-old Yvonne Taylor appeared before Fenland magistrates on Tuesday, when her case was sent for tria

A PRISON officer employed at Whitemoor jail in March has been charged with supplying drugs and mobile phones to an inmate over a six month period.

Fifty-year-old Yvonne Taylor appeared before Fenland magistrates on Tuesday, when her case was sent for trial before Cambridge Crown Court.

Taylor, of The Cottage, Hannath Road, Tydd Gote, is alleged to have supplied the class C drug cannabis to an inmate at the March prison between July 1 last year, and January 16 this year, in contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The second charge is against Common Law, and alleges: "While acting as a public officer, namely a prison officer, you wilfully misconducted yourself by taking mobile telephones into HMP Whitemoor and supplying an inmate therein with the said mobile telephones, to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public's trust in yourself as the holder of a public office, namely a prison officer."

The second charge is so serious that it can only be dealt with by a judge at a Crown Court, so was immediately transferred.

Fenland magistrates decided that the charges should be heard together. Taylor is due to appear at the Cambridge court for a preliminary hearing on July 15, and Fenland magistrates gave her unconditional bail.

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