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Second weekend of prison viewing days 30 April 2008

Jurby Prison A WingTHE first public viewing days at Jurby prison were full to capacity, with more than 1,200 people taking the opportunity to look round the new £41.7 million facility.

Groups of approximately 100 people were on site at any one time as senior prison officers conducted tours of the Category B jail last weekend.

The second round of visits take place this Saturday and Sunday and once again anybody who has booked a place but cannot attend is urged to inform staff by contacting 686157. People on the reserve list will be invited to fill any vacant places.

Visitors are asked to turn up at least 10 minutes early to allow time for security checks to be carried out and all tours must start promptly at the designated times. Prison staff have also issued a reminder that items such as cameras and mobile phones cannot be taken inside the prison.

Directions to prison: The new prison is located in the north west corner of the former RAF airfield in Jurby West and can be accessed using the A10 Ballaugh Road.

If travelling north from the Ballaugh direction, the prison entrance is on the right-hand side of the road approximately half a mile before the A14 crossroad.

To access the prison from Ramsey, the A13 Jurby Road should be followed to Sandygate before turning right on to the A14 Ballamenagh Road. Proceed to the end of the road where it joins the A10. Turn left on to the A10 and the prison entrance is approximately half a mile down the road, on the left-hand side.

If travelling from Douglas, the most direct route is to travel over the mountain using the A18 Mountain Road and turn left at the Bungalow on to the A14 Sulby Road. At Sulby proceed straight across and follow the road to Sandygate crossroad. Here you should go straight across and follow the road until it joins with the A10. The directions from there are as for Ramsey.

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