'SERIOUS CONCERNS' OVER GOVERNMENT DECISION FOR HMP THORN CROSS TO ACCEPT PRISONERS CONVICTED OF SEXUAL OFFENCES

Posted on Wednesday 25th July

Statement from David Keane police and crime commissioner for Cheshire following the government’s decision to authorise HMP Thorn Cross to accept prisoners convicted of sexual offences

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I was made aware of the government’s decision to authorise HMP Thorn Cross to accept category D men convicted of sexual offences by the end of the year yesterday afternoon via a verbal update from the prison. I subsequently received a letter from Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to inform me of this change.

“I haven’t been consulted regarding this decision; a decision which will have obvious implications for the local community. I have written to the government requesting an urgent meeting to discuss why this prison has been chosen, especially considering its proximity to local housing and with it being situated directly opposite a primary school.

“As the elected representative for the people of Cheshire for criminal justice, this decision causes me serious concern, and I have requested that the Minister responsible comes to Warrington to address local residents and community representatives directly, prior to any further implementation of this decision”.