Lincolnshire

BBC newsroom gets confidential prison record in post blunder

Prison document
Image caption The document cover states "not to be removed from discipline office"

A confidential record containing details of an inmate at Belmarsh prison was accidentally sent to a BBC newsroom.

It was addressed to an engineer at BBC Radio Lincolnshire, who opened it thinking it was a computer part.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is investigating how the document was sent to the wrong address.

TNT, which delivered the document, said it would ensure a "mistake like this cannot happen again".

The company has launched its own investigation.

'Very concerned'

HMP Belmarsh holds prisoners sentenced in London and also category A prisoners - the highest security category - from elsewhere.

Charlie Partridge, station editor of Radio Lincolnshire, said: "When we realised it was confidential I took it into my office and I rang HMP Belmarsh and spoke to their office there, who were very concerned.

"They asked me to send it back to them as soon as possible, which I have done."

The BBC posted the document back to the prison - via Royal Mail - at a cost of £8.

A MoJ spokesperson said: "We take the security of information very seriously and this incident is being investigated as a matter of urgency."

A spokesman for TNT said: "We will be keeping BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the sender and intended recipient of the package fully informed of our findings and any measures we put in place to ensure a mistake like this cannot happen again."

Mr Partridge added: "We are still waiting for our computer part."

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