Closed Gloucester prison spends £250,000 on security

Gloucester prison
Image caption The prison has been unused since it was closed in March 2013

Almost £250,000 has been spent on security at Gloucester prison since is closed last year, the BBC has learned.

Figures revealed through a Freedom of Information request also show more than £23,000 has been spent on maintenance and £17,000 on electricity.

The site has been up for sale since HMP Gloucester closed in March 2013.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said it was obliged to protect the building because it has partially listed status.

The figures show a total of £338,000 was spent on security, utilities, maintenance and IT up until September this year.

Andrew Selous MP, Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation, said: "HMP Gloucester has partially listed status and we are therefore under an obligation to protect it from damage.

"The level of security is appropriate for a site which has been closed and we always ensure that any costs incurred are at a minimum."

A spokesman said bids for the 18th Century jail have been evaluated and commercial negotiations are ongoing.

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