Shropshire

HMP Shrewsbury prison tours over heritage weekend

Shrewsbury Prison
Image caption The jail was one of seven closed as part of a reorganisation by the Ministry of Justice

People in Shrewsbury have been given the chance to look round the town's prison following its closure in March.

HMP Shrewsbury, also known as the Dana, was one of seven prisons shut by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in March to save about £63m a year.

People with tickets were able to see inside the 136-year-old jail over the weekend as part of a heritage event.

The Ministry of Justice has said no decisions have been made about the future of the building.

Earlier this year an MoJ spokesperson said: "The department is working with Shropshire Council to discuss potential future uses of the HMP Shrewsbury site."

The last inmates at the Dana were transferred to other prisons at the end of February.

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

They 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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