Lancashire

Jail break-in burglars steal cigarettes

Burglars broke into a prison to steal thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes from a store.

The thieves climbed over fences to get to an area operated by courier firm DHL at HMP Kirkham in Lancashire.

The tobacco, valued at £8,000, was in a workshop which provides jobs for inmates at the category D open prison. The jail holds up to 590 men.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "An investigation is ongoing and officers are reviewing CCTV footage."

Details have just emerged about the raid, which took place on 5 November.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We do not discuss prison security measures, but they are subject to regular review."

The prison, which opened in 1962, was previously an RAF training camp.

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