HMP Altcourse death: Inmate dies 'falling from jail landing'

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Image caption HMP Altcourse was the first privately financed and managed jail in the UK

An inmate is understood to have died when he fell from a landing at the jail.

The man is thought to have died at HMP Altcourse in Fazakarley, Merseyside, at about 12:00 GMT.

HMP Altcourse director Steve Williams said the unnamed prisoner's next-of-kin had been informed.

Mr Williams then added: "As with any death in custody, this will be investigated by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman."

The G4S-run prison was the first privately financed and managed jail in the UK.

HMP Altcourse is a Category B prison, which caters for about 1,300 male prisoners.