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Video games could help prisoners escape.

PRISON bosses have banned inmates from using a top video games console amid fears it could help them escape.

Inmates at HMP Rye Hill, near Rugby, which holds 660 dangerous convicts including sex attackers and killers, have complained that guards have outlawed the state of the art Playstation 3 devices.

The consoles contain built-in modems and Bluetooth which could allow prisoners communicate, via the internet, with crooks on the outside, and organise escape plots.

One inmate at Rye Hill, which is run by private security firm G4S, was so incensed by the ban that he wrote to prison magazine Inside Time.

He moaned: "I am currently banging my head against the proverbial brick wall regarding Playstation 3." A spokesman for the Prison Service said: "Playstation 3 consoles are barred on the grounds that they have the capability to send and receive radio signals as an integral part of the equipment."
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Date:Jun 17, 2009
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