Arrests made following Erlestoke incident

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Four people have been arrested following suspicious activity outside Erlestoke Prison in the early hours of today (17/04).

Officers were called to the site at around 1.30am after staff there reported a male was seen near the perimeter fence suspected of throwing a package in to the grounds. 

A Skoda Fabia was also seen in the area and soon afterwards officers stopped the car in nearby Great Cheverell.  Following some questioning, the three occupants of the vehicle and the man seen close to the prison fence were arrested on suspicion of conveying a prohibited article in to prison.

The four: a 25-year-old man from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire; a 29-year-old woman from Maidstone, Kent; a 20-year-old man from Maidstone and a 17-year-old male also from Maidstone were taken to Melksham custody. They are currently still in custody.

Insp Chris Martin said: “This is good work carried out by officers who arrived quickly after receiving reports of suspicious activity near to HMP Erlestoke.

"Due to the speed of our response, we managed to stop the vehicle seen to be involved in the incident and arrest its occupants.

"Our enquiries in to the incident are continuing.”
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