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Prisoners Are Using Playstation Consoles To Run Crime Rings Says SOCA

In a startling revelation, the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) has revealed that prisoners in UK are using PlayStation consoles to run their criminal network from the confines of their prison cells.

However the Prison Service does not agree with the claims made by SOCA and categorically states that it has never allowed prisoners to access wireless enabled technology that some game consoles today posses.

Explaining the basis of its findings SOCA director general, Bill Hughes in a statement mentioned "People are using PlayStation to charge their mobile phones and are playing games interactively with others so are able to communicate with them and Prison Service is concerned that prisoners are using interactive games to talk to people outside the prison".

In addition SOCA has put forward its findings in which it claims that some prison guards help send coded messages to relatives of criminals which appear as innocent messages but are on the contrary may refer to something more sinister.

With SOCA expressing such serious concerns, relevant authorities need to take a call on whether gaming consoles should be allowed for prisoners as such consoles, which otherwise serve as great tools for recreation, may also used to further the sinister designs of criminals.

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Our Comments

Mobile phones are already commonplace in prisons and it is weird to think of criminals actually using anything other than phones to transmit their messages. Yet, if the SOCA believes that there is a serious threat issue associated with any of the modern gaming consoles, then it must be taken seriously.

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