Woman charged over video 'showing female prison officer having sex with inmate in Wandsworth Prison cell'

The video was reportedly filmed inside HMP Wandsworth (PA) (PA Archive)
The video was reportedly filmed inside HMP Wandsworth (PA) (PA Archive)

A woman has been charged with misconduct in public office over a video allegedly showing a member of staff having sex with an inmate in a south London prison cell.

The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation on Friday “after officers were made aware of a video allegedly filmed inside HMP Wandsworth” that was shared on social media.

It said a woman was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office the same day and taken into police custody.

Linda De Sousa Abreu, 30, of Fulham, has now been charged and will appear in custody at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, the Met Police said.

It comes two months after a watchdog called for the scandal-hit prison to be put into emergency measures amid concerns over failings in security and severe problems with overcrowding, drugs, violence and self-harm.

Chief inspector of prisons Charlie Taylor wrote to Justice Secretary Alex Chalk to issue an urgent notification for improvement at the category B Victorian jail in south-west London after “deeply concerning” inspection findings.

Mr Taylor – who previously suggested the jail should be closed – told Mr Chalk the prison was “still reeling” from a “very high-profile” alleged escape in September last year.

Daniel Khalife is accused of fleeing custody while being held on remand over spy charges. He allegedly strapped himself underneath a food delivery lorry and was arrested a few days later. The former soldier denies all the charges against him and is due to stand trial in October.