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Home Office keeps options open for Dover prison

Contributed by editor on Sep 18, 2006 - 02:00 AM

HOME OFFICE KEEPS OPTIONS OPEN FOR DOVER PRISON

Connaught Barracks in Dover, which housed the parachute regiment until it pulled out of Dover in April 2006 are being considered for an open prison by the Home Office, the BBC has reported.

The Home Office would not confirm it was planning a prison for the site but said it was keeping options open. A source told the BBC that the Home Office was keen to acquire the site by December.

The government would not need planning permission to convert it to a prison because it was a military site.

Paul Watkins, leader of Dover District Council, said: "This being dumped o­n Dover will not go down well."