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RESORT OWNER OFFERS HOLIDAY CAMP AS PRISON OPTION

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The owner of a South Wales holiday camp is negotiating with a security company about turning the resort into a pris...
The owner of a South Wales holiday camp is negotiating with a security company about turning the resort into a prison after a decision on his entertainment licence was deferred.

The Western Mail (p1) reports that Rick Wright, owner of the Barry Island resort, will close the camp for the season after the Vale of Glamorgan Council withheld a decision on his entertainment licence until May 14.

He said he had had two inquiries about turning the resort into a prison camp, and it would be suitable for low-risk prisoners. He has placed an asking price of£5m on the camp.

The Prison Service Agency said the idea was feasible in principle, with a spokesman saying the agency was bound to consider reasonable proposals because of the overflowing prison population.

The Daily Mail (p15) reports that the council could withdraw the resort's entertainment licence on health and safety grounds. The camp was due to open on May 24, but Mr Wright said it was unreasonable to wait until ten days before opening to have a licence confirmed.

A council committee has called for an independent report. A council spokesman said holidaymakers would be disappointed, but the council's responsibility was to ensure public safety.

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