A Lancashire prison officer has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

The 24-year-old woman, who works at HMP Garth in Leyland, was arrested on Friday morning by officers from the Regional Prison Intelligence Unit at the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.

The arrest came after an investigation between police and prison officials.

The unit is made up of officers from Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Manchester, Merseyside and North Wales, and tackle serious and organised crime that crosses borders in the region.

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The Prison Intelligence Unit identify, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups that cause significant harm across the region from inside prisons. The team consists of officers and staff who cover 16 prisons across the North West.

In a statement issued to LancsLive a spokeswoman for the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit said: “On Friday July 20 officers from the Regional Prison Intelligence Unit at the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit arrested a prison officer based at HMP Garth.

“Following enquiries the 24-year-old woman from Preston was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. She has been taken to a police station for questioning.”

HMP Garth is a high security men’s prison which accepts a total of up to 847 prisoners serving sentences of four years or more.

Detective Inspector Tanya Kitchen, from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “We can confirm that following a joint investigation between the Prison Service and NWROCU, a member of staff from HMP Garth has been arrested.

“Corruption of any kind will not be tolerated and we continue to work closely in partnership to ensure anyone who breaks the rules is brought to justice.

“We would like to encourage members of staff working at prisons to report anyone they suspect are involved in corrupt activity so that we can act on it immediately and put offenders before the courts.”

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