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Plans to close Blundeston Prison near Lowestoft

The Ministry of Justice has announced Blundeston Prison in Lowestoft is to close by the end of the year, as part of a major re-organisation.

Justice secretary Chris Grayling said the category-C jail was in a poor condition and was deteriorating rapidly. He plans to replace a number of older sites with two new "super prisons" in England and Wales.

Blundeston prison to close

Blundeston Prison, near Lowestoft, is set to close Credit: ITV Anglia

A north Suffolk prison could be set to close as a result of government plans to reduce the overall prison budget it's been announced today.

Blundeston Prison, near Lowestoft, was one of four units targeted for closure in an announcement by the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling.

The Government say that the four closures could save them up to £30 million a year from the prison budget.

The date of the closure is yet to be announced.

Illegal rave causes disruption in Suffolk

An illegal rave which started in Suffolk last night has been described as "potentially dangerous" by police.

Around 150 people attended the unauthorised event at Flixton Marsh Lane in Blundeston.

Police were alerted at 1.40am after reports of loud music and a number of vehicles were seen entering the site.

Officers are currently on site working to get music turned off and people off the site safely.

Superintendent Jon Dodman said: "The action taken to disrupt this event falls in line with our zero-tolerance approach to illegal raves, which are potentially dangerous and cause unnecessary damage and disruption."

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