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New prison to take name of river

Sex offender prison on site of former RAF Coltishall, Norfolk (Photos: Mike Page)
The new prison will house Category C sex offenders. Photograph: Mike Page

A prison at a former RAF base in north Norfolk will be named after a river in the Broads, it has been revealed.

North Norfolk District Council said the Ministry of Justice chose the name of HMP Bure for the site at Coltishall.

Parish, district and county councillors were then asked their opinion and all who responded agreed with the choice.

The prison will eventually house 500 Category C sex offenders, with the first phase opening in November and the second in March 2010.

Other names put forward for discussion between the district council and the Ministry of Justice included Bure Meadows, Bittern and Weavers.

Peter Battrick, spokesman for the council, said: "The Ministry said it favoured Bure as this was an appropriately neutral name and it fitted in with decisions elsewhere to name prisons after rivers."

The sole objector, Coltishall Parish Council, had concerns about the impact on tourism but "still thought that it was a better name than others that had been suggested earlier in the process", he added.



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