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More than 100 search officers are being brought into men’s prisons in England and Wales in a bid to combat crime behind bars.

The chief inspector of Prisons described HMP Garth in Lancashire, as the most violent prison ever inspected in 2016.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said the aim was to send a clear message to prisoners about hiding items they should not have.

The governor of HMP Garth, Steve Pearson, told Sky’s Sally Lockwood that he has 30 officers in training which will bring his staff up to 208.

In the 12 months to March 2018, there was a increase of 23% for the number of incidents where drugs were found in prisons.

The roll-out will cost £4.3 million amid a £70 million fund to combat the problems in English and Welsh prisons.

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