Campaigners fight against prison closure

Campaigners Carol Atter and Lynne Holcombe are fighting against the planned closure of Wellingborough Prison by organising a petition
Campaigners Carol Atter and Lynne Holcombe are fighting against the planned closure of Wellingborough Prison by organising a petition

Campaigners have launched a petition against the closure of Wellingborough Prison.

A protest rally will take place in Market Street, Wellingborough, from 11am on Saturday, September 1.

Lynne Holcombe, whose husband is a prison officer, started the campaign.

She said: “The prison staff can’t do anything so they needed someone to start it off for them. I also wanted to do it for the local people.”

Campaigner Carol Atter, who is also known for her protests against bus service cuts in Wellingborough, said: “It’s not just the prison and the staff, it’s also the effect on the local economy, the shops and the taxis.

“The Government says it can’t afford to keep it going, but they have recently spent a lot of money doing it up. And why do they need to? These prisoners have committed a crime, why should they have the best of everything?”

The Government announced last month that HMP Wellingborough will close by the end of this year.

Kenneth Clarke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, said the closure would provide annual cost savings of more than £10m per year and avoid costs of up to £50m.