The Prison Service has praised its security fencing systems after prisoners failed in their bid to smuggle contraband into a prison in Northumberland.

An accomplice of an inmate attempted to throw a rucksack, packed with drugs and mobile phones, over the fencing at Acklington Prison near Morpeth, but failed to throw it hard enough, the Sun reported.

The bag was stopped by the site's security fencing and recovered by prison staff who found cannabis, steroids, and a slew of mobile phones and chargers.

The items are thought to be worth £11,000 on the black market.

"Excellent security measures at Acklington Prison have resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of contraband," A Prison Service spokesperson told the newspaper.

A jail insider said: "The prisoners couldn't believe their eyes. The rucksack was just hanging there. They were gutted."

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