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Old prisons set to close

Two of the region's prisons are to be closed and one will be partially shut, the Ministry of Justice has announced.

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Isle of Wight MP 'disappointed' over prison closure

Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner has given an initial response to the announcement made this morning following a national review of the prison estates, that part of HMP Isle of Wight is to close.

Mr Turner said: “This is very disappointing and I am of course very concerned about this announcement and the ramifications for Island residents and the local economy. However, at least we are not suffering full closure of HMP Isle of Wight.

He added he will be seeking an early meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss the implications this will have on the Island’s economy, what can be done to support staff affected by the closure and the future of the actual buildings and grounds at Camp Hill.

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