Blundeston (HM Prison)
HM Prison Blundeston is a Category C
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 men's prison
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, located in the Village of Blundeston
Blundeston is a village and civil parish in the Waveney district of Suffolk, England. It is about inland, and between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft...

 in Suffolk
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, England
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. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service
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Opened in 1963 with four wings, Blundeston Prison was expanded in 1975 with two additional wings.

In 1996 the prison came under intense criticism after six inmates escaped whist being transferred to other jails. The escapers had allegedly been running their own 'criminal empire' at Blundeston before their transfer. Further controversy hit the prison in 2003 when a prison officer was "sacked for making an insulting remark about...Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden
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." This followed reports that inmates at Blundeston had seen their fruit quota cut after some had been accused of fermenting it to make alcohol.

The prison today

Accommodation at the prison includes 4 wings of single cells and 2 wings of 2 or 4 man cells. The therepeutic wing has single cell accommodation. As none of the cells are located on the ground floor of the prison (And there is no accessible lift system) Blundeston cannot accept disabled prisoners.

HMP Blundeston provides workshops, training courses, a Listener Scheme and a full-time Resettlement Officer. Blundeston's visitor centre is staffed and managed by the Ormiston Children and Families Trust with facilities including a refreshments area, toilets, public pay phone and play facilities for children. There is also a supervised small playroom for children between the ages of 2–8 years.

Notable former inmates

  • John Stonehouse
    John Stonehouse
    John Thomson Stonehouse was a British politician and minister under Harold Wilson. Stonehouse is perhaps best remembered for his unsuccessful attempt at faking his own death in 1974...

    , a former Member of Parliament
    Member of Parliament
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     who was convicted of fraud, theft, forgery, conspiracy to defraud, causing a false police investigation and wasting police time after faking his own death. Stonehouse served the last years of his sentence at Blundeston before being released in 1979.
  • Richard Reid
    Richard Reid (shoe bomber)
    Richard Colvin Reid , also known as the Shoe Bomber, is a self-admitted member of al-Qaeda who pled guilty in 2002 in U.S. federal court to eight criminal counts of terrorism stemming from his attempt to destroy a commercial aircraft in-flight by detonating explosives hidden in his shoes...

    , known as the Shoe Bomber, spent time at Bludeston for a lesser charge in the 1990s
  • Michael Carroll
    Michael Carroll (lottery winner)
    Michael Carroll , born in Swaffham, Norfolk, UK, is a former binman who won £9.7 million on the National Lottery in November 2002, aged 19. His biography written by Sean Boru, entitled Careful What You Wish For , was published by John Blake Publishing in October 2006...

    , lottery winner and self-proclaimed 'King of Chavs' spent two years at Blundeston between 2002-2006 for drugs offences
  • Reggie Kray
  • Harry Roberts
    Harry Roberts
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