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Shamed prison officer’s forbidden love affair with Derbyshire inmate

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A prison officer who was jailed after having a relationship with a Derbyshire prisoner said her time in custody was like “a school trip”. Chloe Jones met Philip King when she began working as a custody officer at HMP Altcourse, a category B men’s prison in Fazakerley, in Liverpool, and the pair began a relationship.

Afterwards, King, who was doing time for burglary, was moved to HMP Sudbury, in Derbyshire, on July 18, 2017, but the relationship continued, with the pair communicating on an illegal mobile phone smuggled into the open prison. Over the next six weeks, the couple sent over 3,000 texts to each other, and when he fled from the open prison, Jones allowed him to stay at her home in Kirkby, near Liverpool, and use her car.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the pair were caught in a high-speed pursuit in 2018, and after being charged with misconduct in a public office, Jones was handed a 15-month jail sentence in 2020. Talking to podcast ‘I Kidd You Not’ in August this year, Jones recalled how she met King, adding that she only began a proper relationship with him after he escaped from prison.

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Speaking to the podcast presenter, Joe Kidd, Jones said: “We used to see each other around and say hi and whatever. He was walking around with his top on.

“We had been for a night out and gone to see this band. We were on our way back and the ANPR has gone off. I left my shoes, my bag, my phone, everything.

“I was following him, running after him. And then the bizzie [police] just scooped me up and threw me in the bizzie van.”

“A year later they ( the police) barged in my mum’s house with sniffer dogs and all that. I was laughing and my my mum was like ‘what are you laughing at.'”

Jones said that the police thought they have found expensive jewellery and watches in the house. She said: “They were like ‘yes twenty five grand watch’ and I was thinking ‘no mate they are worth seventy quid’.”

Jones was first imprisoned in HMP Styal, a female prison in Wilmslow, Cheshire. She was later moved to HMP Drake Hall, in Eccleshall in Staffordshire.

She said: “They walked me down and I thought I am going to jail so its going to be a wing. But then they took me down to an old fashioned house. I felt like I was on a school trip with my mates.”

At Jones’ sentencing in 2020, David Watson, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court how Jones struck up an inappropriate relationship with the convict after she was in daily contact with him. Nicola Daley, mitigating, explained that Jones was genuinely remorseful for her actions, and had only been a prison officer for about six months when she was “blinded by love”.

In a letter to the judge, Ms Daley explained that her client expressed genuine remorse, in particular for the shame she had brought upon her family. King was ordered to serve another 36-month prison sentence consecutive to his previous sentence.

After Jones was jailed Detective Inspector Dawn Hampson from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit said: “Chloe Jones abused her position as a prison officer by choosing to have an inappropriate relationship with an inmate and she will now have to face the consequences of her actions. We will continue to take robust action and investigate any offences which we suspect are taking place in our prisons.’

Director of HMP Altcourse Steve Williams said: “We expect the highest standards of conduct from our staff and will not tolerate behaviour that undermines the good work of our colleagues. If we suspect wrongdoing, we will always share intelligence with the police and other agencies. I’d like to thank my team and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit for their exemplary work.”

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