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Flag lowered at Peterhead Prison for the last time

Prison Officer, David Dow and Deputy Governor, Stuart Campbell lock the Prison doors

Prison Officer, David Dow and Deputy Governor, Stuart Campbell lock the Prison doors

A flag-lowering ceremony has taken place to mark the formal closure of Peterhead Prison.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) flag was lowered on Monday, December 23 by Prison Officer, David Dow.

HMP Peterhead officially closed on Friday, December 6 as final preparations are made to open the new HMP Grampian, scheduled to receive its first prisoners in March 2014.

Deputy Governor, Stuart Campbell said: “The prison has been part of the town for a long time and it has been a fantastic jail, but it has come to the end of its shelf life.

“I would like to thank all our members of staff for their tremendous work over the years and I wish them good luck for the future.”

HMP Peterhead opened in 1888 and has housed some of the most notorious criminals in Scottish history.

It was given the nickname, The Hate Factory, and made headline news with dramatic escapes, hostage taking and rooftop riots.

The new prison will replace Peterhead and Craiginches.

Plans are currently being made to demolish the building.

 

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