The plastic toy gun was inside a building used only by inmates and prison officers. *IStock photo
The plastic toy gun was inside a building used only by inmates and prison officers. *IStock photo

A toy gun sparked a massive security clampdown at the Prison Farm, the Bermuda Sun can reveal.

Officers discovered the plastic toy inside a building used only by inmates and prison officers – and locked down the prison for several days.

Commissioner of Prisons Lt Col. Edward Lamb said: “I can confirm we found a fake firearm in the Prison Farm as a result of a search.

“It was a toy, a plastic gun and clearly was an act of foolishness.”

Col. Lamb added the gun had been turned over to police forensic experts for tests.

He said: “If we get any evidence from that, we will take action.”

Col. Lamb said inmates at the St George’s Prison Farm were paraded after the find and given “a good tongue lashing” by Acting Chief Officer Reginald Gomes.

Col. Lamb added: “I also spoke to them and told them how unacceptable that kind of behaviour was. It indicates the mentality of some of the inmates we have to manage these days.”

Foolish

And he asked: “What could they have possibly achieved with that — other than something foolish?”

Col. Lamb added: “The search was one of many officers perform and it speaks to how diligent we have to be these days.

“I have to commend my officers for their diligence and alertness in finding this article. It’s a never-ending challenge for us, especially in today’s environment.”

Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley said he had been briefed on the discovery, which happened ten days ago.

He added that steps had already been taken to tighten up security around prison perimeters and

And he hinted that new legislation to give Col. Lamb more powers to impose extra time on prisoners caught with banned items could be in pipeline.

Mr Dunkley said: “The Commissioner notified the Permanent Secretary and myself and he is on top of the situation.

Violence

“I will leave it in his hands. We have good open lines of communication.”

Mr Dunkley added: “I think the most important thing is to understand the security concerns people have in the community, especially around gang and gun violence.”