Huntercombe Prison information


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: Laura Sapwell

Accommodation: Cellular

Operational capacity: 430 (on 22/11/11)

Reception criteria: Foreign National prisoners only. No prisoners requiring in-patient healthcare, detoxification by prior agreement with healthcare. No prisoners requiring on-going protection under rule 45. Must have more than 3 months left to serve and less than 30 months. Life sentence prisoners by prior agreement. Other standard exclusions apply.

HM Prison Service


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