Dorchester Prison has closed its doors

Most staff from Dorchester Prison have been transferred to the former HMP The Verne on Portland which becomes an immigration removal centre Photo:

It was the end of an era in Dorchester today as the town's prison closed its doors for the final time as part of government cost-cutting plans.

Dorchester Prison has closed its doors for the final time as part of government cost-cutting plans Credit: ITV News West Country

More than 150 jobs have now been transferred away from the town.

Prison officer, Trevor Churchill "it's very sad for me, it's been my home for 27 years Credit: ITV News West Country

The Prison Officer's Association has described the closure as 'a huge blow to Dorchester'. Jeff Welch reports.