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Nude posters face ban from prison

Scene from Porridge
'Glamour shots' like those in the comedy Porridge would still be allowed

Posters of nude women could soon be banned from the walls of Scottish prison cells.

A draft policy document sent to governors suggests cells should not feature "anything which is offensive to other people".

The ban would prohibit full-frontal nude photos of woman and men but "page three" type images would be allowed.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) said it wanted to standardise its policy across Scotland's 16 jails.

Some prisons already operate a local policy of banning such material.

A SPS spokeswoman said: "It's about introducing a standard policy so that nothing is shown that causes offence to other people."

She said so-called "glamour" shots, of the kind displayed by "Fletcher" on the walls of his cell in the 1970s BBC comedy Porridge, would still be permitted.

Prison governors have been invited respond to the idea, although no formal timescale has been set for the consultation.

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