Female prison guard had love affair with violent lag who beat his ex-girlfriend

A female prison guard had a secret four-month love affair with a violent lag who had been locked up for beating his ex-girlfriend black and blue.

Prison officer Alisha Fallows was spared jail after it emerged that she had a four-month fling with one of the inmates.

Alisha Fallows, 23, formed a relationship with prisoner Damien Baxendale while working as a custody officer at HMP Lancaster Farms.

The court heard of their "inappropriate" relationship, which spanned a period of time between November 2020 and February 2021, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Baxendale, who hails from Bolton, is serving a ten-year jail term after being convicted in 2014 for violently assaulting his ex-girlfriend at the time.

He is currently behind bars for two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.

His then-girlfriend suffered a bleed on the brain and a fractured eye socket after being kicked and punched so hard by Baxendale, writes LancashireLive.

The pair communicated via mobile phones and the prison telephone system while Fallows posed as a family member, police said.

Following a joint investigation between the Prison Anti-Corruption Unit at the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and HM Prisons' NW Counter-Corruption Unit, she was arrested in December 2020 on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

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Fallows, of Goldsmith Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing.

On Friday, at Preston Crown Court, she was handed a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

Baxendale pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited item and was jailed for an additional 10 months.

Detective Superintendent Karen Jaundrill Kitchen, from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: "Alisha Fallows abused her position as a prison custody officer by choosing to have inappropriate relationships with an inmate and she will now have to face the consequences of her actions.

"We want to reassure the honest, dedicated and hardworking staff that work in our prisons that we will continue to take action against people who choose to engage in corrupt activity."

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