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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Cumbria misses out on 1,000 jobs as super prison goes to Wales

Cumbria has missed out on around 1,000 jobs that could have been created with a new 'super prison' that is now to be built in North Wales.

The county council has put forward the possibility of the jail being built on unused parts of a munitions depot site at Longtown, but today the Government announced that it was had picked north Wales for the £250m project.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: 'My priority is to provide enough prison places for those sent there by the courts and to do so in a way that gives taxpayers the best possible value for money.

"This will be the first prison in north Wales and a massive boost to the Welsh economy."

He added: "It will also allow offenders from the region to be held closer to their homes, which we know helps prevent reoffendig."

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