HMP Weare

In 1997, due to vast overcrowding of the UK’s prisons, the HMP Weare was moored at a disused Royal Navy dockyard in Dorest and converted into a prison ship. The ship had started life as a troop ship during the Falklands war. She was then sold onto America before being brought back across the Atlantic to serve as a prison. Weare hit the headlines in 2003 when an inmate somehow escaped, and then again in 2005 when it was shut down due to the poor conditions. She’s now been sold onto a Nigerian shipping company, who plan to…

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