Huntercombe Prison information


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You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

HMP Huntercombe opened as a prison in 1946, the site was originally built as an internment camp during the last war, when for a short period it held Rudolf Hess, on his way south after he famously parachuted into Scotland.

Extensive redevelopment has taken place over the last twenty years and there is little left of the wartime buildings.

It is a Category C adult male establishment holding a solely foreign national population in order to support government priorities on the deportation of foreign national offenders.



Tel: 01491 643 100
Fax: 01491 643 101

Governor: David Redhouse

Accommodation: Cellular

Operational capacity: 480

Reception criteria:

No British - Foreign National Offenders only
Category C
Transfers of segregated prisoners or of those on open ACCTs are by prior agreement with the Governor
All recategorisation reviews up to date
No outstanding medical appointments or court appearances pending
Only 3 to 30 months left to serve
Life Sentenced Prisoners must be eligible for TERS and are confirmed not fighting deportation

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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