A Bolton woman was caught trying to take spice into a prison after being recognised as she was wanted by police.

Cara James was wanted by Greater Manchester Police after failing to attend at Bolton Magistrates Court and in September last year she visited HMP Hindley and police were made aware of her presence.

Bolton Crown Court heard the 37-year-old was found to have spice on her.

Edmund Potts, prosecuting, said: “On September 13, 2022 the defendant attended HMP Hindley to visit an inmate.

“She was wanted for failing to appear at Bolton Magistrates for an unrelated matter.

“Police were informed of her presence and they arrested her.

“While they were waiting for a van the defendant admitted she had something concealed in her bra. She was taken to custody in Wigan.

“They found 14 sheets of A4 paper, containing spice.

“Its estimated value within the prison in £100 per sheet, so it is a total of £1,400.

“The defendant was interviewed under caution with a solicitor.

“She accepted responsibility for the offence but answered no comment as to the reason behind the offence.”

James, from Barchester Avenue, Breightmet, appeared in court to be sentenced after admitting attempting to bring a prohibited item into a prison and possession of a class B drug.

Niamh McGinty, defending, said she had not met with probation over the last month due to illnesses  but had spoken to them this week.

The Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh, said he wanted an updated report from the probation service before passing sentence.

He said: “I am not prepared to accept at face value anything she says.”

The judge adjourned the case until next month.

He added: “The fact I am adjourning this case is no indication as to what will happen in November.”