A woman has been jailed for 16 months for smuggling drugs into HMP Northumberland.

Deborah Davies, 40, of Edgewell Avenue, Prudhoe, was caught with painkillers containing diamorphine and cocaine hydrochloride when she visited the prison in December 2019.

The court heard Davis was a woman of ‘previously good character’. However on the day of her visit she carried the pankillers - which are banned from use in prison.

The judge Mr Recorder Najib said: “It’s unfortunate that you find yourself in the position that you are in.

“But this is a very serious offence and nothing short of immediate custody is warranted.”.

Davis pleaded guilty to eight counts of bringing, throwing or otherwise conveying the items prohibited into or out of Morpeth-based prison.

She appeared at Newcastle Crown Court to face sentence. Judge Najib handed 16 months each for the diamorphine and cocaine hydrochloride, with the two sentences to run concurrently.