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Prison will give north Wales an 'economic boost'

Carwyn Jones says a new prison will provide good quality jobs in the area Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

A new prison in north Wales will provide an economic boost for the region, provide good quality jobs and allow offenders to be closer to home, according to the First Minister.

Carwyn Jones AM visited the former Firestone site on the Wrexham industrial Estate, which is one of the potential sites, and met Wrexham Council representatives.

He said: "The Welsh Government has supported the proposal for a prison in north Wales for many years and I was very pleased that the benefits of having a prison here have been recognised by the UK Government.

"It will bring opportunities to North Wales in terms of training and employment, in terms of construction and work within the prison, as well as the wider benefits to the whole region.

"With an estimated 1,000 jobs created and contributing millions of pounds a year to the regional economy, the prison will without doubt be an economic boost."

He said it was a credit to local authorities in north Wales that they worked together to secure a prison in the area. The site of the new prison has not yet been announced.