Scotland introduces portable prisons

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Edinburgh (Scotland), Aug.22 (ANI): Scotland's police force is using "porta-prisons" which can transported to areas in need of extra space to house those in custody.

The mobile cells - designed to help meet a growing demand for extra accommodation for prisoners - are being used by Grampian Police. It is the first time they have been deployed in Scotland.

Five of the modular units, each weighing eight tonnes and contain two separate cells, reports The Scotsman.

Each of the cells incorporates state-of-the-art facilities for prisoners.

They are even painted with a blue line on every wall, which psychologists claim will help inmates remain more content and less troublesome by giving them a sense of orientation.

Inspector Colin Christie, of the force's Criminal Justice and Support Division, revealed that officers from forces across the country would be heading for Buchan within the next few weeks to see the new modular cells in action.

He predicted that the modular cell approach was poised to become widely used by forces across the country, because of the very high standard of the product and the speed at which the units can be set up.

The Wernick Group, a company based in Neath in South Wales, has manufactured the state-of-the-art "modular cells". (ANI)

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