ONE of Britain’s favourite holiday hotspots is set to hold ONLY sex offenders in its jails
Two prisons on the Isle of Wight — Albany (pictured below) and Parkhurst (pictured above) — house mostly rapists and paedophiles. And any cons who are locked up for non-sex crimes are now being switched to sites on the mainland.
The island’s third jail, Camp Hill, is to close in April as part of a Government cost-cutting drive — meaning the Isle of Wight’s prison population of approximately 1,100 prisoners will be solely made up of perverts.
One dismayed resident said: “They are turning us into Paedo Island. This is going to have such a damaging effect on the island.
“What families will want to come here on holiday when there could be sex offenders on early release schemes sitting next to their kids on the beach?”
Camp Hill is one of seven prisons to close and another two will be partially shut in Ministry of Justice plans announced last week which aim to save £63 million in annual running costs.
Parkhurst prison is one of the three prisons that make up HMP Isle of Wight, the other two being Camp Hill, (pic below) and Albany. Parkhurst and Albany were once amongst the few top-security prisons (called “Dispersals” because they dispersed the more troublesome prisoners rather than concentrated them all in one place) in the United Kingdom, but were downgraded in the 1990s.
Camp Hill is located adjacent and to the west of Albany and Parkhurst, on the very edge of Parkhurst Forest. Originally on the site of an army camp (both Albany and Parkhurst were barracks) with a small estate of tree-lined roads with well-proportioned officer’s quarters (with varying grandeur according to rank but now privately owned) to the South and East, having been converted to a borstal and later a category C prison.
One of the most notorious paedophiles being held on the island is Roger Gleaves (pic above) , who called himself the “Bishop of Medway”. He is being held in Albany jail after being sentenced to life for raping two 14-year-old boys in 1998. Gleaves, from Tottenham, North London, has been in and out of prison for a series of child sex crimes he committed over a 40-year period (for full profile on Gleaves click his name