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.
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