First prison unit for extremists to open this summer

Three purpose-built blocks are to open within high-security jails to hold the most dangerous extremist prisoners away from other inmates.

The Ministry of Justice said the blocks will have their own facilities and be able to hold up to 28 people in total.

The first unit will open this summer at Frankland Prison, County Durham, with two more to follow at other jails.

Ministers said last year that they wanted to isolate extremist inmates

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