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