LUCKY SWINES

Lags tuck into rare breed pork at cushy ‘five-star’ nick

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by JOE HIN­TON

PRIS­ON­ERS are din­ing on pork from rare breed pigs, free range eggs and fruit and veg from the gar­den at Bri­tain’s cushi­est nick.

In­mates at North Sea Camp – dubbed North Sea Hol­i­day Camp by lags – tuck into a full English break­fast ev­ery day, en­joy strolls along the coast and even have the keys to their cells.

In­side their rooms, they have flow­ers and plants.

The prison – which houses some men who have been jailed in­def­i­nitely for the pro­tec­tion of the pub­lic – has no walls or fences.

Pris­on­ers spend their days rear­ing live­stock and tend­ing plants and crops in the jail gar­dens or learn­ing how to drive a trac­tor, fork­lift or mower.

In­mates also dis­play their pro­duce at lo­cal agricultural events and in 2016 the prison won Best Large Black Pig, like the one pic­tured, at the Lin­colnshire Show.

Their diet and life­style will leave cash-strapped pen­sion­ers who strug­gle to put food on the table and heat their homes green with envy.

One for­mer in­mate at the ru­ral nick near Bos­ton, Lincs, re­vealed in a TripAd­vi­sor-style review on­line: “This was by far the favourite prison of my tour (ex­ten­sive tour).

“You get the keys to your cells, and the main rule we were told upon en­ter­ing was that if we were go­ing to ‘leg it’ we must re­turn the cell keys be­cause they’re so ex­pen­sive.” A for­mer mem­ber of staff at the prison – which holds up to 420 men – re­vealed: “The place is bet­ter than some hol­i­day camps.

“The food is great, the lo­ca­tion is stun­ning and ev­ery­one gets along.

“The in­mates are al­lowed loads of free­dom and can walk along the shore in their spare time.”

A re­port by jail vis­it­ing group the In­de­pen­dent Mon­i­tor­ing Board said the prison food was “first rate”.

But James Price of the TaxPay­ers’ Al­liance said of the con­di­tions at North Sea Camp: “Pris­ons should balance the need to detain and pun­ish crim­i­nals with the need to re­ha­bil­i­tate them and pro­vide value for money for taxpay­ers.

“The pri­or­ity should be on pro­vid­ing the ad­e­quate level of fund­ing to all pris­ons and cut back on lux­u­ries many of us can­not af­ford.”

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