Merseyside prison to close next year
A prison in Merseyside which is one of the most overcrowded in the country will close next year.
HMP Kennet in Maghull will shut in July 2017 as part of prison reforms designed to improve safety and rehabilitation in jails.
The Justice Secretary Michael Gove said the prison was one of the most expensive of its kind in the country and that closing facilities like it will allow the Government to open new prisons with more focus on education and work.
In a written ministerial statement, he said: