Prison closures protest

Prison officers have been demonstrating outside parliament today over the closure of seven jails around the country, including two here in the West.

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STATEMENT on prison closures

We are considering the future use of all the prison sites due to close. No decisions have been made. We are determined to drive down the costs of running our prisons. That's why we are replacing inefficient accommodation with new facilities which provide better value for money, are suitable to a modern prison estate, and which can work more effectively to reduce reoffending.

– Prison Service Spokesperson

FULL REPORT: Prison officers' protest

Prison officers have been demonstrating outside parliament today over the closure of seven jails around the country - including two here in the West Country.

Shepton Mallet closes next month and Gloucester this weekend as part of a plan to replace older units with a new super-prison elsewhere in the country. Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

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