Woman banned from every UK prison after smuggling ‘fruit pastille’ to her fiancé

A woman has been banned from every jail in Britain after she passed her fiancé what she claims was a fruit pastille.  Melissa Hopper, 26, went to visit her baby’s father David Scott, who is a convicted drug gang member. During her visit, CCTV caught her passing him an ‘unauthorised article’ – which she insists was a sweet. ‘They obviously think it was drugs but it was just a Fruit Pastille that was thrown down a top,’ she said. ‘We were just having a laugh but now our baby might not be able to see her dad. ‘The baby needs to know her dad and I’m suffering from depression, so this is just making it worse.’

Staff at HMP Holme House in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, have barred Melissa  from visiting David for six months. Melissa claims Scott picked the sweet up and ate it during a visit on November 10. ‘They won’t say exactly what it is but they have basically implied he’s taken drugs, yet offered no proof,’ she said.

‘If it was drugs, why didn’t they drug test or nick him? ‘It was just a sweet and of course it is going to get eaten – what do they expect me to do, bin it?’ In March, Scott, 32, of High Newham, Hardwick, was locked up for more than six years for his role in a multi-million pound trans-Pennine plot to flood Teesside’s streets with heroin.

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After Melissa is allowed back, she faces another six months of ‘closed visits’, which means the couple will be separated by a panel. ‘It means I can’t touch him, and neither can his daughter,’ she said. ‘It is his family who will suffer.’ Melissa claims to have contacted both a solicitor and her Stockton North MP, Labour’s Alex Cunningham, to try to get the ban quashed.

However the Ministry of Justice seem set to hold firm over the ban. An MoJ spokesperson said: ‘We do not tolerate anyone breaking prison rules, and those that do so will face appropriate disciplinary action.’ HMP Holme House is currently spending millions of pounds to stamp out drug use and increase security. Last year it was announced that £9m will fund new body scanners to crack down on the use of new psychoactive substances, most commonly spice. Earlier this year, the category B jail was put in lockdown after staff fell sick inhaling spice fumes.