Video footage shows the moment a hungry prisoner at Wormwood Scrubs 'fished' a bag containing a McDonalds McMuffin, a bottle of vodka and a Kinder Egg Surprise over the prison wall and into their cell using a fishing line.
The extraordinary CCTV clip shows 27-year-old Karl Jensen, of St Ervans Road, west London, tie a black bag onto the end of the line before it is hoisted into the air and over the prison wall before being quickly pulled into a cell.
Along with girlfriend Lisa Mary Hutchinson, 26 and of the same address, the couple used a wash bag tied to fishing line to smuggle the items over the prison wall including a McDonald's McMuffin, a plastic Kinder Surprise egg containing five mobile SIM cards, a bottle of vodka, and a number of USB chargers.
Jensen has since received two and a half years' imprisonment for his part in the smuggle while Hutchinson was sentenced to a 12 month community order and is required to attend a community rehabilitation programme. Jensen was also sentenced for drug offences and Hutchinson for allowing her premises to be used for the supply of class A and class B drugs.
The court heard how on 15 October 2014 staff at Wormwood Scrubs prison, Shepherds Bush, spotted a man and woman in Artillery Lane, the road which runs alongside the prison wall. Watching CCTV, staff witnessed the man tie a bag to a rope and watched as the bag was pulled up into the prison and into one of the cells.
Police were immediately alerted and attended the scene. Guided by the CCTV operators, they stopped the man and woman - who were later identified as Hutchinson and Jensen. Meanwhile prison officers located the cell the bag had been pulled into. Inside they found the bag contained a knife with a five-inch blade, a Smartwatch, a mobile phone and other prohibited items.
From Hutchinson's home, police also recovered two large wraps of cannabis, a large block of cannabis resin, and a wrap of cocaine. Also found at the home were a quantity of 'top up' cards with their SIMs removed and the box for a Smartwatch, whose serial number was the same as the Smartwatch found at the prison.
Detective Constable Andy Griffin of Hammersmith and Fulham CID said:"Jensen and Hutchinson tried to smuggle prohibited items including drugs, alcohol and a knife inside a prison; the combination could have been deadly. Thankfully vigilant prison staff foiled the plot and they were quickly arrested. This case serves as a strong reminder of the very serious consequences of smuggling prohibited goods into a prison."