Drug worker had 'criminal' relationship with South Yorkshire prison inmate

A police warning has been fired to prison workers in Doncaster after a member of staff’s relationship with an inmate was uncovered.

By Claire Lewis
Thursday, 29th October 2020, 8:41 am

Tracey Storey, aged 54, of Coventry Grove, Wheatley, Doncaster, was found to be having a relationship with an inmate during the routine monitoring of prisoner phone calls.

Staff at HMP Moorland recognised her voice and an investigation was launched from November 11, 2019, to February 6, 2020.

Sheffield Crown Court heard there was no sexual contact between the pair, who met while Storey worked as a substance misuse worker.

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Tracey Storey received a suspended prison sentence

She admitted misconduct in a public office and received a suspended prison sentence.

Storey was also sacked from her job and now works in a pharmacy.

Detective Scott Jarvis, who investigated the case, said: “The public quite rightly expect high standards of conduct from those that work within our prison service.

“Storey’s behaviour was inappropriate and criminal, and I am pleased that she accepted responsibility for her crimes before a court.

“South Yorkshire Police’s Prison Crime Unit will continue to work alongside our prison partners and take any inappropriate relationship or any other form of corruption seriously.

“We will pursue anyone engaging in such activity and remove them from employment in Her Majesty’s Prisons. Those involved in serious criminality will find themselves converted from employee to inmate.”

Security Governor for HMP Moorland, Emma Milne, said: “We are pleased to work in partnership with South Yorkshire Police’s Prison Crime Unit, who took prompt action on this case and continue to support us in tackling inappropriate action and corruption.”