Northallerton Prison closure

HM Northallerton Prison is set to close as the Government announced the site for a new super-prison in north Wales.

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Proposed prison closure "based on suitability"

The Prison Service have released the following statement to ITV News about the proposed closure of Northallerton Prison under the Government's new plans to replace them with 'super-prisons'.

“The decision to close Northallerton is based on the suitability of the accommodation and the current levels of capacity in the region - it is not a reflection of the current performance of the establishment or its staff. “We have successfully managed prison closures to avoid compulsory redundancies and we will take the same approach. We will aim to achieve this either through redeploying staff or offering voluntary early departures.

“To provide best value for the tax payer we need a modern and fit for purpose prison estate, which is why we are replacing old and uneconomic places with new and efficient accommodation.”

– Spokesman for Prison Service

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Prison closure not a reflection of jail or staff

Shock plans to close Northallerton Prison have led to an early morning meeting between jail staff and union leaders.

A total of 205 staff and contract jobs are set to go as a result of the closure.

Northallerton and three other prisons are set to close, making way for two new ‘super jails’.

The government says the closure is nothing to do with the quality of the prison or its staff.

They say it is about getting the taxpayer the best value for their money.

Watch the full report from Rachel Bullock below.

Union leaders: "we will not lie down and have our tummies tickled"

Union members gathered outside Northallerton Prison this morning to discuss what they will do about the government’s closure plans.

135 staff jobs and 70contract jobs are set to go under new plans to close four of the country’s oldest prisons.

Staff do not understand why Northallerton is set to close but union leaders say “we will not lie down and have our tummies tickled”.

Staff in tears over prison closure

Staff at Northallerton Prison say they have been "up all night worrying" after learning that the prison is to close.

They said they had no idea about thegovernment’s closure plans, and that they were shocked and left in tears on hearing the news.

The prison is due to close, along with three others, as part of a modernisation plan.

Prison officer Colin Badgery spoke about how staff reacted.

Northallerton inmates 'unsettled'

Prison officers warn that inmates at Northallerton are 'unsettled' by the decision to close the jail. They do not know where they will be re-located There has been 'minor disturbances' inside the jail overnight after the news broke.

Northallerton Prison Credit: ITV

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Full Report: North Yorkshire prison to close

Northallerton Prison is to close with the loss of 135 jobs.

The Ministry of Justice announced the news as part of its plans to modernise British Prisons.

The news has dismayed many people because of the job losses it will mean in Northallerton, and because of the impact it may have on our prison service.

Watch the full report from Rachel Bullock below.

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