Blundeston Prison opened in 1963 with a total of four wings. Over the years there were a number of expansion projects which raised the inmate capacity to over 500.
For such a large well known site I am struggling to find much information on this prison. So not a lot of history here I am afraid.
By far the most infamous inmate here will be the notorious London gangster Reggie Kray who was imprisoned here in 1969. A report on Reggie from 1993 says how he was trying to steer young inmates away from a life of crime and even securing them jobs when they ventured back out to the real world.
During October 2013 Sonny Robertson complained of feeling unwell. He had recently been in hospital but staff didn't pay much attention to his complaints. Hewas found unresponsive at 6am in his segregated cell and pronounced dead 45 minutes later. An inquest found that probable cause was neglect on behalf of the prison service.
The prison closed in December 2013 and it lay dormant until demolition work started in May 2017.
There had been advertised tours here which were rather busy so I must give a big thanks to Darren Smith Photography for organising this out of hours visit.
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