New prison to be built on HMP Wellingborough site

A new prison will be built in Wellingborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans for a new prison in Northamptonshire have been announced by the new Justice Secretary Liz Truss.

Wellingborough Prison closed in 2012 because it wasn't fit for purpose. In a speech today the MP for South West Norfolk said a modern Category C prison will be built on the existing site - which will have a larger capacity than before.

It's part of the Government's £1.3 billion building programme to replace the most dilapidated jails with up to date facilities.

Well the prison has always been a success in Wellingborough, people living in Millers Park were often connected with the prison. They were officers or related to prison officers.

Peter Bone MP, Wellingborough, Con