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Prison officer Gemma Farr jailed after smuggling phones and steroids in her underwear

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A prison officer who fell in love with a convicted killer has been jailed for smuggling contraband into prison in her underwear.

Gemma Farr, who worked in a prisoner rehab role for seven years, was flagged to the police by her bosses at HMP Dovegate in Staffordshire in September 2017.

The 37-year-old indicated she hid the banned steroids and phones in her underwear during a police interview.

Farr is believed to have fallen in love with a prisoner serving a life sentence, who police are not naming and has not been charged with any offences.

Her phone showed over 1,500 contacts as well as calls, texts and WhatsApp messages from June to September 2017.

Police suspect her number was a “pool phone” used secretively by prisoners.

Farr, from Draycott, Derbyshire was jailed for 32 months at Birmingham Crown Court after admitting conspiring to supply steroids and phones into prison.

A third charge of misconduct in a public office was left to lie on file.

Farr developed a routine of leaving the prison ground to meet regularly with Peter Cochrane in nearby pub car-parks where the banned items were handed over.

Cochrane, 58, from Salford, has been jailed for eight months for his role.

Ricky Walsh. Pic: West Midlands Police
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Ricky Walsh will be sentenced for his role in the plot

Additionally, convicted robber Ricky Walsh, 34, was discovered trying to flush a Samsung phone down his cell toilet during a lockdown search.

Walsh, who is serving a minimum 10-year sentence for robbery and gun possession, will be sentenced at a later date for orchestrating the supply of drugs and phones inside the prison.

His partner, Louise Brierley, 34, from Manchester, has been ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work.

She admitting taking money from associates of prisoners who used the contraband supply chain.

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