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Public viewing days at new prison 25 March 2008

MEMBERS of the public will have the chance to see inside the new prison at Jurby over two weekends in April and May, the Department of Home Affairs has announced.

People will have the opportunity to visit on April 26 or 27 and May 3 or 4. There will be two sessions during each public open day from 9am to midday and from 1pm to 4pm. Visitors will be directed around the prison in groups of 25, leaving every 15 minutes, and will be required to follow a designated route expected to take 30-40 minutes to complete.

prison centre Jan-08.Visitor numbers will be restricted to a total of 600 people per day because of operational and security concerns, and places will be allocated strictly on a first come-first served basis. Children under the age of 13 years will not be admitted, and young people aged 13-16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings for places on the public days will be taken from today (Tuesday March 25th) on a dedicated booking number: 686157. Anyone wanting to attend one of the open days should call and give their name and a contact number. They will then be allocated a time to visit. The booking number will be staffed from 9.30am until 7pm daily until all places have been allocated.

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK said:

‘Prison management are balancing operational and security needs against a high level of public interest in the Island’s new jail, and I’m pleased that it has been possible to facilitate the public to see inside the new prison before prisoners are transferred to it from Victoria Road. Numbers have to be restricted for security reasons and it is possible some people may be disappointed so I urge anyone interested to book their place as soon as possible. The main point is that the Island’s new £41.7m jail is a secure establishment and maintaining the integrity of that security is of paramount importance.’

Visitors allocated places should report to the Visitors’ Centre on arrival at Jurby and, after having their names checked against the lists, will be admitted to the prison. Parking will be available in the visitors’ car park and in the designated area on the airfield taxi way.

No bags, mobile phones or cameras may be brought into the prison and should be left out of sight in the vehicles. No photographic images may be taken inside the prison. Any visitor not adhering to these instructions will be required to leave the prison immediately. Members of staff will be posted along the route and will be available to answer questions and direct visitors. Lift access to the upper level will be available for those unable to use the stairs.

Public open days dedicated booking number: 686157.

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