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Prince Charles meets Muslim inmates during Leeds Prison trip

The Prince of Wales has met Muslim inmates at Leeds Prison who are preparing for life after their sentence is complete.

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Charles went in to the Victorian jail, which looks over the city centre, as he began a day-long visit to West and North Yorkshire.

He met inmates and staff involved in the Through-the-Door project - a scheme which is part of his Mosaic initiative that provides mentoring to help young people growing up in deprived communities.

The project is aimed at Muslim prisoners who make up nearly one in six inmates at Leeds Prison. It gives them support in the final six months of their sentences as they prepare for release.

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Charles moved on to the Abraham Moon plant in Guiseley - the last fully vertical woollen mill in England.

The prince is patron of the Campaign for Wool and among supporters meeting him at the factory was Blur bassist Alex James.

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James said: "I think he must be a shoo-in for best dressed man of the year. He's a brilliant dresser and a great ambassador for wool.

"It's great to see places like this that have had a new lease of life. You've got this wonderful traditional building that's been brought up to date.

"I think people are starting to realise that wool is not just a traditional fibre, it's really good for the modern world as well."

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Mill worker Margaret Fisher, 76, said of Charles: "He asked me if we were as busy as we've ever been and were we getting busier, and I said yes.

"A lot of people are going under but we're going up."

She said: "He was very, very interested. I've not met him before but I've met his mother."

Charles, who launched the Campaign for Wool in 2010, toured all parts of the firm, which was started on the site in 1837. It employs more than 200 people and makes luxury woollens for customers including Marks & Spencer, Laura Ashley and Paul Smith.