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Prison denies TV channels complaint

Prison officials have refuted claims that inmates lodged a formal complaint with authorities over demands for more TV sports channels.

Reports surfaced that prisoners at the category B HMP Parc in Bridgend, south Wales, had access to Sky Sports 1, but were unhappy they were not able to watch a string of Carling Cup matches on Sky Sports 2 and 3.

Officials of security firm G4S, who run HMP Parc, said while it did offer a rewards scheme for its inmates it had not received any official complaint about its TV provisions.

Barry Greenberry, director of operations for G4S custody and detention services, said: "We are happy to confirm there is not, and has never been, any formal complaint from prisoners about access to TV sports channels."

HMP Parc is one of 11 privately-run prisons in the UK. It houses more than 1,000 convicted male adult prisoners as well as those on remand and convicted young offenders.

The prison is described by its owners as a "secure but modern environment" - with a strong emphasis on reducing re-offending and "enabling individuals to fulfil their potential back in their local communities".

Its facilities include two floodlit all weather five-a-side football pitches, a modern gym as well as regular coaching sessions from Cardiff City Football Club.

Officials at the prison defended its rewards scheme, saying similar methods were widely used in prisons across the UK.

A spokesman said: "The system used is designed to encourage good behaviour among inmates.

"Rewards are only offered where sustained good behaviour has been demonstrated."


From Belfast Telegraph