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HMP Edmunds Hill
Opened 2003 (1977)
Management HM Prison Service
Prison type Adult Male/Category C
Prisoner figures 366 (October 2006)
Location Stradishall, Suffolk
Governor Kevin Reilly

HM Prison Edmunds Hill is a Category C men's prison, located in the village of Stradishall (near Newmarket) in Suffolk, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.



The site of Edmunds Hill Prison opened in 1938 as an RAF base. On its closure in 1970, the RAF base was briefly converted into a transit camp for Ugandan refugees.

The prison opened in 1977 as Highpoint Prison. In 1997, the North part of Highpoint became a women's prison. On 3 October 2003, two years after the July 2001 separation of the North and South prisons, the North prison became HMP Edmunds Hill. The prison was then converted into a Category C Male establishment in January 2005.

In October 2006, 10 prisoners rioted at Edmunds Hill damaging toilets and shower facilities at the prison. The riot started after the inmates were caught with home brew.[1] Another home brew was involved in riots that occurred less than a year later, when inmates crafted a liquor from Marmite and fruit juice.[2]

In May 2007 a report from the Independent Monitoring Board criticised Edmunds Hill for the neglect of foreign nationals and the treatment of mentally ill offenders at the prison. The report also raised concern that Edmunds Hill had lacked a Muslim chaplain for two years.[3]

The prison today

The Category C men's prison has an education department, and work opportunities for inmates in Data Input, Contract Cleaning, Gardens/Horticulture, and Catering. Other facilities include a gym and prison chaplaincy. The prison complex consists of six buildings. Three of these are residential treatment units which combine to house 160 men. The remaining three house 67 men each.

Notable inmates


Former inmates


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Coordinates: 52°08′26″N 0°30′48″E / 52.1406°N 0.5132°E / 52.1406; 0.5132


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