Drugs thrown over HMP Exeter walls 'almost daily'

Contraband including drugs is thrown over the walls almost daily at a prison struggling with staff shortages, a report has found. HM Inspectorate of Prisons also warned the high number of violent incidents at HMP Exeter could get worse. The watchdog said there were insufficient numbers of staff to run a "predictable and resilient regime". The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) said it was "confident" the issues could be addressed. Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said the Category B jail faced a challenge to reduce the supply of drugs, such as new psychoactive substances and cannabis. Hooch, the name given to illicitly brewed alcohol, was also found to be a serious problem. "Physical security measures were generally proportionate, but the prison faced the almost daily challenge of items such as drugs being thrown over the wall," the report said.Staff efforts praisedInspectors were told during the inspection in August there was 490 inmates and a shortfall of 13 prison officers.In the six months prior to the visit, there had been 96 assaults, 45 fights and 173 self-harm incidents.