Barlinnie inmates want to name HMP Glasgow ward after Nessie

Inmates at a Glasgow prison have voted to name a room in a new facility after the Loch Ness Monster.

Now prisoners at Barlinnie have had the opportunity to get creative by suggesting new names for a room in the new prison.

Prison insiders told the Scottish Sun that Nessie was the first choice.

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The new HMP Glasgow, which will open in 2026.

An anonymous source said: “With prizes up for grabs, it seems to have captured the imagination.

“Apparently the winners will receive a bag of sweets, which is not to be sniffed at a place like Barlinnie.

“Rumor is that Nessie is one of the favorites.

“But some prisoners annoy the bosses by writing down names of drugs.”

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Leaflets were said to have been passed under cell doors last week as Glasgow City Council approved plans to build the prison at Provanmill.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has awarded Kier the pre-construction services contract to deliver the new prison, which is due to replace the Victorian-era HMP Barlinnie, in 2026.

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The Scottish Prison Service told the Scottish Sun: “SPS is undertaking a large-scale engagement with the HMP Glasgow project, which includes those currently in our care.”

We previously reported that Barlinnie was operating at significantly higher occupancy than capacity in 2019.

Statistics released by the Scottish Government indicated that the 987-bed Glasgow prison held more than it is supposed to hold each month of 2019.

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