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The site of a major new super prison has been anounced by the Ministry of Justice.
It will be based at the former Firestone site on the Wrexham Industrial Estate and will house 2,000 inmates.
It is also expected to create 1,000 jobs in the area, bringing in £23m a year to the local economy.
Work on the site is due to begin next summer and be completed in 2017.
Welsh Secretary David Jones says the Ministry of Justice estimate that 1,000 jobs will be created by the building of a new super prison in Wrexham is "entirely realistic."
He told our presenter Ruth Wignall that they will be "good, high quality jobs", and a "huge boost to the local economy."
The Ministry of Justice has released these artists' impressions of the new super prison being built in Wrexham.
It says the images are indicative of what a new prison could look like, not necessarily final versions.
A so-called super prison, housing 2,000 prisoners, is to be built in North Wales.
It wil cost £250m and be built on a site owned by the Welsh Government, on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.
Today's announcement has been welcomed by the council, and many Welsh politicians.
The Howard League for Penal Reform has criticised the UK Government's announcement of a new 2,000-inmate super prison in Wrexham.
The charity says large jails have a range of problems.
The First Minister says the new prison will "become a significant contributor to the Welsh economy."
Carwyn Jones also focused on the benefits of offenders being held closer to their homes.
The new, 2000-inmate, super prison will be North Wales' first ever jail.
Welsh Secretary David Jones says the new super prison in Wrexham will create up to 1,000 jobs, provide a boost to local businesses, and also help in prisoner welfare and rehabilitation.
The Ministry of Justice says work to build the new super prison on the Wrexham Industrial Estate will begin next summer, pending approval.
A £250m investment has been secured, and the target is for the prison to be fully operational by late 2017.
In June, the UK Government announced that the £100m prison would be built in North Wales. London and the north west of England had previously been in the running for a new jail to house 2,000 inmates.
Wrexham Council put forward two sites, both on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
Privately-owned Kingmoor Park declared itself out of the running recently, leaving the Firestone site.
The Welsh Government owns the 108-acre site of the former Firestone factory. It was bought by the Welsh Development Agency in 1994.
The news of a new super prison in Wrexham has come alongside the announcement of four prisons in England being closed.
Blundeston in Suffolk, Dorchester in West Dorset, Northallerton in North Yorkshire and Reading prisons will close.
Feasibility work has also started on a second large prison to be constructed in the south east of England.
The Welsh Secretary David Jones, First Minister Carwyn Jones and Wrexham Council have all welcomed the announcement that a new super prison will be built in Wrexham.