Single jail fence will save cash

THE potential savings from building a single perimeter fence for two Northumberland prisons have been revealed.

Sir Alan Beith asked in the House of Commons what are the estimated capital costs, and the potential savings, arising from building a single perimeter fence and gate block as part of the merger of HMP Acklington and HMP Castington.

In a written response, justice minister Crispin Blunt said: “The capital costs of building a single perimeter fence and gate block as part of the merger of Acklington and Castington prisons are estimated to be £5.6million.

“This investment is part of a wider long-term savings strategy. Currently it is estimated that savings from the merger of the prisons will be around £1.79million a year over 32 months. There is an additional one-off saving of £1.44 million by avoiding major maintenance projects on facilities that will become shared i.e. kitchen and reception areas.”