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Prison inmates enjoying room service with shopping and food brought to cells

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Prisoners can enjoy non-meat grub, including veggie curries, spring rolls, vegan bangers and mash with onion gravy without stirring from their bed thanks to room service at Lowdham prison

Deliveries even include the jail’s acclaimed non-meat grub, including veggie curries (file image)

Cons are enjoying room service with shopping and food taken to their cells.

The lucky lags need not stir from bed to receive piping hot grub and prison shop products.

They can order on an intercom system that also lets them chat to pals in other cells.

A source said: “There are home comforts at the touch of a button – it’s better than some basic hotels.”

Deliveries even include the jail’s acclaimed non-meat grub, including veggie curries and spring rolls and vegan bangers with mash and onion gravy.

The cushy in-cell ordering was introduced at category B Lowdham Grange prison in Nottinghamshire, to minimise contact ­between inmates and officers during the Covid pandemic.

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Cells at the privately operated jail run by Serco already have TVs.

The Government’s Independent Monitoring Board said: “Several initiatives were trialled including an in-cell messaging service to allow prisoners to contact people on their approved contact list, purchase items from the prison shop, order meals and participate in surveys.”

Lowdham’s extensive menu has been praised by the Vegan Prisoners Support Group.









The shop and canteen at the jail, which has 894 mainly violent offenders, are hooked up to the system so snacks such as crisps and chocolate can be delivered.

Lowdham avoided Covid infections for the first six months of the pandemic but last September 160 staff and 200 inmates were infected.



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