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Prison public viewing days fully booked 31 March 2008

PLACES for the public to see round the new Isle of Man Prison at Jurby have all booked up.

When phone lines opened today (Monday), there was just one slot remaining on the 1115am viewing on Sunday, May 4. Prison staff are continuing to take calls on the dedicated booking number 686157 to compile a reserve list of 100 names for the two public weekends, April 26-27 and May 3-4. At 0930hrs (March 31) there were 40 spaces remaining on the reserve list.

Senior Officer Karl Christian said:

‘The phones were constant for the first 12 or so hours last Monday, which fully occupied two members of staff when bookings started being taken. However, during the week, demand settled down and one member of staff could handle the calls as they came in. There are now 2,400 people who have booked to see round on the public days. We’d ask anyone who has booked but is unable to visit at the allocated time to contact us so that someone on the reserve list can be invited to take their place.’

The Island’s new jail at Jurby has been built at a cost of £41.7million and will replace the old prison at Victoria Road, Douglas. It is expected to be operational in May.

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