A PRISON worker has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, police have confirmed.

The man, 43, was working at Holme House Prison near Stockton but has been suspended while Cleveland Police investigate.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “A member of staff from HMP Holme House has been suspended pending the outcome of a police investigation.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further while this is ongoing.”

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “A 43-year-old man was arrested last Tuesday (March 18) on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

“Police inquiries are continuing.”

Holme House is a Category B local prison which opened in 1992. It mainly has inmates on long sentences, but also houses a substantial number of remand prisoners.