Lancaster Castle prison to close

LANCASTER Castle Prison will be closed by March, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has announced.

Prisoners will be moved to other jails and staff will be offered a voluntary exit scheme or moved to neighbouring establishments, Mr Clarke said.

He added: “The decision to close any prison is a difficult one but one that we have had to make. Closing outdated and expensive prisons is an important step in our strategy to provide a secure and modern, fit-for-purpose prison estate, while improving efficiency and value for the taxpayer.”

For a full report and reaction to the closure, see next week’s Lancaster Guardian.