The North Wales men who didn’t let bars stop them from committing crimes

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Prison is probably the last place you’d expect people to commit crimes – but you’d be wrong to think that. Criminals who are already locked up are used to making the same bad decisions that landed them behind bars in the first place.

Our courts in Mold and Caernarfon often see people who don’t see prison as a reason to change their ways. In fact, many of them continue to commit crimes while locked up, including committing violence and dealing drugs.

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We got a look back at some who just can’t get enough of crime.

Thomas Loyd



Thomas Morgan Lloyd

In other violent news, Thomas Morgan Lloyd found himself serving time for a hurtful offense at HMP Berwyn. He appeared to be “keeping his head down” until an incident in early April 2021.

Lloyd, from the Bangor area, claimed he was ordered to attack another inmate in order to settle his drug debts. He waited for his target before knocking him out with repeated punches and kicks.

Lloyd – serving a five-year, four-month sentence – has had his release date pushed back. The judge decided that an additional 10 months on top of his sentence would be an appropriate sentence.

John Barr



John Barr, from Southwood Road in Liverpool, was a prisoner at HMP Berwyn when he was caught with the contraband.
John Barr, from Southwood Road in Liverpool, was a prisoner at HMP Berwyn when he was caught with the contraband.

John Barr, from Southwood Road in Liverpool, was a prisoner at Wrexham Prison when he was caught with the contraband. A search of his cell revealed that he was hiding drugs and an iPhone.

The 28-year-old was hiding envelopes of cannabis resin. He also had a sheet of spice paper found hidden in a newspaper under the mattress of his bed.

Many of our readers were more surprised that Barr had an Xbox console to hide some of his contraband inside. This prompted us to ask – what other ‘luxuries’ can prisoners get their hands on while locked up at the Wrexham-based facility?

Samuel Burrows

Samuel Burrows, formerly from the Manchester area, was serving a sentence at HMP Berwyn when he was arrested for his latest crimes. The 25-year-old had his cell searched and prison officers found more than 26 ketamine envelopes weighing around 50g.

They also discovered 30 pieces of spice-infused paper. The inmate, when questioned, claimed the drugs – worth £12,000 – were not his and he “was holding them for someone else”.

Having not been released from prison for a long time, a judge felt there was no choice but to lock him up again. You can read our full report which explains why Burrows turned to drug dealing in prison.

Thomas Fauls



Thomas Fauls
Thomas Fauls

Thomas Jake Faulds, of Sefton Road in Colwyn Bay, was awaiting sentencing for his role in a drugs conspiracy when he attacked his cellmate at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham with a knife made from a razor blade. The 26-year-old laughed and sneered during the bloody attack, a court heard.

Following this assault, Faulds was transferred to a prison in Swansea where, less than three months later, he carried out an almost identical attack – this time on a prison officer. He struck him in the face, again with a knife made from a razor.

Judge Geraint Walters called the facts of the case “truly disturbing” and noted that the defendant had shown no remorse for his actions. He told Faulds that given the nature of the attacks, it was a miracle he didn’t kill his victims, adding he didn’t know when – if ever – the ‘dangerous offender’ would be safe to return to normal society.



General view of Caernarfon Crown Court, Caernarfon Justice Centre.  Photo by Ian Cooper

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Gavin Backhouse

A prisoner who was allegedly bullied over his health issues had finally reached a ‘breaking point’ when he threw ‘hot and scalding’ kettle water at another inmate’s face, says a tribunal.

Robber Gavin Backhouse was allegedly teased by inmates about his epilepsy after soiling himself during a prison seizure. Others witnessed it and claimed it was “met by no compassion”.

Months later, the 46-year-old stood up to his alleged bully by whipping the contents of a freshly boiled kettle in his face. For this, he must serve an additional 18 months on top of his current prison sentence.

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