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Fire breaks out at Suffolk prison

PUBLISHED: 09:10 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:23 21 May 2019

A fire broke out at HMP Highpoint, a Category C men's prison in Stradishall, Suffolk Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

A fire broke out at HMP Highpoint, a Category C men's prison in Stradishall, Suffolk Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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Fire engines have been called to the scene of a fire at HMP Highpoint prison in Suffolk.

Firefighters were called to the scene of the fire in the Category C prison near Haverhill at 8.09am on Tuesday morning, May 21.

Three engines were despatched, with two from Haverhill and one from Clare arriving at the prison to investigate.

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When they arrived, crews found the blaze had already been extinguished by prison staff, although the cause of the fire is not currently known.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said this is the second call the fire brigade has received to the prison in the last week.

He said: "We were called at 8.09am to respond to a call and investigate the scene of a fire at Highpoint prison.

"Three appliances were despatched and on arrival fire fighters found the blaze had already been extinguished. They later stood down at 8.41am."

As a Category C prison, the centre holds prisoners serving life sentences, although is classed as a "training and resettlement" prison - providing prisoners with the opportunity to develop skills to help reintegration on release.

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