HMP Shrewsbury parade to mark closure

Gerry Henry, the last governor of the jail, said the Victorian prison was built directly on top of the Georgian original

Prison staff have taken part in a parade to mark the closure of a 136-year-old jail in Shropshire.

HMP Shrewsbury, also known as the Dana, is one of seven prisons closing as part of a reorganisation by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) designed to cut costs.

The last inmates were transferred from the category C prison to other prisons last month.

Staff were parading through the prison gates to mark the closure, due later this month, a spokesman said earlier.

The MoJ has said the reorganisation, which also includes two partial prison closures, would save £63m a year in running costs.

The prisons are due to be replaced by a 2,000-capacity super prison along with four smaller ones, each holding about 400 inmates.

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