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Last prisoner leaves Gloucester Prison

The last prisoner leaves Gloucester Prison Credit: ITV News West Country

The last prisoner is due to leave Gloucester Prison later today - although the prison doesn't officially close until the end of March. The Ministry of Justice says there hasn't been a decision yet on what will happen to the site in the future.

Brian Grady found and arrested in Bristol

Brian Grady has been found in Bristol Credit: Gwent Police

Brian Grady, who escaped prison in Wales last month, has been arrested in Bristol. A man and woman have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting him.

26-year-old Grady was jailed for eleven years in July 2003 after being convicted of killing Liam Attwell in the Canons Marsh area of the city centre.

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Report on Gloucester Prison 'not good overall'

Following the publishing of the report on Gloucester Prison which claimed the prison had 'stood still' since an earlier visit Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons said:

Gloucester is one of the older establishments in the prison system, with a poor infrastructure and situated in a cramped inner-city location. Overall this is not a good report, with many issues and concerns we have raised in previous reports still to be addressed. Much needs to be done to raise often basic standards, including investment in the environment and the regime.

– Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons

However, Mr Hardwick went on to say that:

To a great extent a safe place, predicated on the quality of staff-prisoner relationships

– Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons

Report claims Gloucester Prison has 'many problems to address'

The report follows an unannounced inspection in July Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In today's report, Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons said Gloucester Prison has many problems to address.

Inspectors were concerned during their visit in July to find that the environment for vulnerable prisoners at the Category B local prison was poor, and there was evidence that they experienced abuse and intimidation from other prisoners.

Segregated prisoners were not continually supervised, though this was mitigated by low numbers and generally brief stays, while the accommodation was among the poorest in the prison system, and prisoners did not have enough time out of their cells.

There was not enough for prisoners to do and inspectors found well over half of the population locked up during the working day.

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Dorset prison criticised

Dorchester Prison has been criticised following an unannounced inspection. Inspectors found overcrowding at HMP Dorchester and that staff were complacent about prisoner safety during their visit in July.

A full inspection was carried out in 2009 and 17 recommendations were made.

Eight had not been achieved but overall the report concluded that the prison was safe with excellent staff-prisoner relationships.

HMP Dorchester has responded positively to some key findings from our last inspection but there are some enduring concerns.

– HMP inspection report

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