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Shepton Mallet prison to close under 'super-prison' plans

Six prisons across the UK to close under 'super-prison' plans Credit: PA

The Ministry of Justice has said that Shepton Mallet in Somerset is one of six prisons that will close in England under plans to build a so-called super-prison.

It's the oldest working prison in the country.

Some 2,600 offenders are held at the prisons targeted for closure, plus three sites which will be partially shut down.

Prisons at Bullwood Hall, Canterbury, Gloucester, Kingston, Shepton Mallet and Shrewsbury will close, while Chelmsford, Hull and Isle of Wight will see some accommodation reduced.

A feasibility study on what would be Britain's largest prison in London, the North West or North Wales, holding more than 2,000 prisoners, is also to begin, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said.

Government to close Shepton Mallet prison

The Government has announced Shepton Mallet prison in Somerset is one of several prisons to be closed across the country.

It's part of programme to update Britain’s prison estate and is part of the Government’s drive to build new capacity to replace older prisons and so bring down the cost of operating the prison system.

It is expected to save £63 million a year.

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Over 300 pasty manufacturers to protest outside Downing Street today

Pasty manufacturers to protest outside Downing Street today Credit: ITV Westcountry

More than 300 pasty manufacturers will be protesting outside Downing Street against the new 'Pasty Tax' this morning. Representatives from the baking industry will be joined by Cornish MPs. They'll present a petition of almost 500 thousand signatures against the move.

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