Prison officer jailed for 12 months over relationship with inmate

A prison officer who started a relationship with an inmate has been jailed for 12 months.

Ayshea Gunn, 27, of Johnstown, Wrexham, was employed at HMP Berwyn when she grew close to 29-year-old Khuram Razaq.

She was arrested in November 2018 on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

Gunn pleaded guilty to the offence and was handed a year-long prison sentence at Mold Crown Court on Monday.

Razaq, who is currently serving a sentence for conspiracy to rob, pleaded guilty to possession of prohibited articles and was jailed for an additional eight months.

Detective inspector Dawn Hampson, from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: "We have worked closely with Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service to tackle the problem of corruption within prisons.

"We want to reassure the honest, dedicated and hardworking staff that work in our prisons that we will continue to take action against people who choose to engage in corrupt activity.

"Those who choose to offend in such a way are not above the law and we urge staff to be aware of the warning signs and to report any type of inappropriate behaviour so that we can take action to bring them to justice."