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HMP NOTTINGHAM Prison Regime Info


Perry Road Sherwood NG5 3AG image of HMP NOTTINGHAM prison

Phone No.

0115 872 4000

Governor / Director

James Shanley


Male Local


East Midlands

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Deborah White
Vice Chair: David Hardwick

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HMP Nottingham is a category B local prison holding adult male remand and sentenced prisoners.


HMP Nottingham opened in 1890 as a city gaol but was reconstructed in 1912 and until 1997 served as a closed training establishment for adult males.

In 1997 it re-rolled as a category B local prison, and now serves the courts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


The prison is made up of four main residential wings, D, E, F and G, as well as a separation and rehabilitation unit and a 10-bed health care landing (located on F3). F and G wings are the newest wings, opened in November 2005 with the closure of B wing.

  • G wing - the first night centre and induction wing, comprises three landings. G3 landing locates first night centre prisoners, key workers and those who have enhanced status.
  • F wing - has a top roll of 150 and houses prisoners who require the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) and general drug services. The wing also provides inpatient care on the F3 landing. There are also two enhanced supervision cells for prisoners in crisis.
  • E wing has a roll of 150, and predominantly houses prisoners who sign up to the drug-free regime and testing programme. The wing also provides secure and safe accommodation for vulnerable prisoners on E4 and a section of the E3 landing.
  • D wing has a roll of 150, comprising general population prisoners. The wing has four landings, and facilitates the short duration drug programme.

Reception Criteria

HMP Nottingham accepts prisoners direct from courts within its catchment area.


Includes education, workshop places and domestic duties. There is a Listeners Scheme for those considered to be at risk from suicide or self-harm, community projects including regular visits by local children with special needs, and comprehensive Resettlement services offering advice on housing, debt management and assistance with employment.


  • Hobbies kits
  • In-cell power
  • Own bedding
  • Own clothes (Remand & Enhanced)
  • Playstation (Enhanced only)
  • Television (50p per week)

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Mon: 07:40 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 17:00
Tue: 07:40 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 17:00
Wed: 07:40 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 17:00
Thu: 07:40 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 17:00
Fri: 07:40 - 12:10
Sat: 08:00 - 12:15
Sun: 08:00 - 12:15


Mon: 17:45 - 19:15
Tue: 17:45 - 19:15
Wed: 17:45 - 19:15
Thu: 17:45 - 19:15
Fri: 14:00 - 16:00
Sat: 14:00 - 16:00
Sun: 14:00 - 16:00

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Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Volleyball

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Available weekdays depending upon activities.

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Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.

The Chaplaincy does far more than just pastoral care; they often are able to lend radios, musical instruments and typewriters; they may take part in Sentence Planning and are available as a ‘listening ear’ and are able, sometimes, to help with domestic problems. Most Chaplaincies run various courses and activities which may or may not have a religious theme. Every prisoner has the right to follow their religious practices and attend Chapel for services pertaining to their declared faith (even when segregated).

The Chaplaincy are able to organise faith activities for all main religions (as recognised by the Prison Service; this does not, at present include Rastafarian as a specific religion) and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities. The chaplaincy can also intercede on matters of religious dress, diet and artefacts. A full list of permitted artefacts can be found in the Glossary Section under Religious Artefacts.

You can contact the Chaplaincy by letter or by telephoning the main prison number and asking to speak to the Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy works as part of the prison and cannot, therefore, guarantee confidentiality (they can explain this to you in detail). Prisoners can contact the Chaplaincy in person or by Application.

Chaplaincy Statement of Purpose (HMPS)
The Chaplaincy is committed to serving the needs of prisoners, staff and religious traditions by engaging all human experience. We will work collaboratively, respecting the integrity of each tradition and discipline. We believe that faith and the search for meaning directs and inspires life, and are committed to providing sacred spaces and dedicated teams to deepen and enrich human experience. We contribute to the care of prisoners to enable them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

The Co-ordinating Chaplain at Nottingham is: Louise Cooper

Full-time Anglican Chaplain. Part-time Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.
Facilities for;

  • Hindus
  • Jehovah Witness
  • Mormons
  • Quaker
  • Salvation Army
  • Sikhs

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Prison Healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Link: How to make a complaint:
Complaints about Healthcare should be made first through the formal internal complaints system
There are seven Commissioning Trusts for ‘Offender Health’
East Midlands
East of England
Kent & Medway
North East
South West
Thames Valley
Yorkshire & Humber
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
East Midlands Health & Justice Commissioning
(hosted by Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Area Team)
Primary care Provider:
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Duncan Macmillan House, Porchester Road, Nottingham  NG3 6AA
Tel; 0115 969 1300
Provider of Physical Health Care
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Provider of Mental Health Care
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Lincoln College
Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5HQ
Tel: 01522 876000

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Lincoln College
Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5HQ
Tel: 01522 876000

Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Cookery
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Numeracy



OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected Nottingham.


To read their latest report click here

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Prison Workshops
Contract Services x2
Single Portion Packing

Employment includes;


  • Catering
  • Contract Workshops
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning

Accredited Vocational Courses include:

  • Fitness Training Instructor - OCN
  • Weight Training - OCN
  • First Aid at Work - HSE
  • Basic First Aid - HSE
  • Intermediate First Aid - HSE
  • Sports Injuries Course - HSE


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Basic ESOL Course, Entry Level
Basic Literacy Course, Entry Level
Basic Literacy Course, Level 1
Basic Literacy Course, Level 2
Basic Numeracy Course, Entry Level
Basic Numeracy Course, Level 1
Basic Numeracy Course, Level 2
BTEC WorkSkills (Entry 3) (QCF)
BTEC WorkSkills (QCF)
BTEC WorkSkills (QCF)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Developing Group and Teamwork Communication Skills
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Independent Living Skills, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
Independent Living Skills, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
Introduction to Personal Budgeting and Money Management (Entry 3)
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Non-externally certificated - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A

Using ICT (Entry 3) (QCF)



Current Wages


Employed: 72p per session (9 sessions) + performance bonuses
Education: 80p per session
Retired: £3.50 per week
Long term sick: £3.50 per week

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  • SDP - Short Duration Programme

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  • Pre-release groups
  • Employment Training and Education
  • Accommodation Working Groups

A pilot project which helps prisoners with money matters in a bid to stop them re-offending and possibly returning to jail has started at three prisons. The scheme involves advisers at the Citizens Advice and Law Centre in Derby giving advice and acting on behalf of inmates at Sudbury, Foston Hall and Nottingham.


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

Up to 16

No of Visitors Permitted

1 adult plus children

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Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 3
This is on a scale from 1 (serious concerns) to 4 (Exceptional) and is worked out by the Ministry of Justice taking into account 34 criteria such as overcrowding, purposeful activities etc. A score of 3 is considered a good performance. Published quarterly.

Average weekly hours of Purposeful Activity: 21.8 (2010)
This figure is supplied by each prison to the Prison Service. Actual hours are usually dependent on activities etc. and should be taken as the maximum time either in workshops or education over a whole week.
Both of these figures are published retrospectively by the MoJ and HMPS and may have changed since the figures were published but they give a simple comparison between prisons.

Annual Budget: £21,700,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £47,697
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.

Parliamentary Information
CONSTITUENCY: Nottingham East
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Christopher Leslie (Labour)

Prisoners may write to either their ‘Home MP’ or the MP in whose constituency their current prison lies.
The address to write to is:
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA



Most prisons now have PIN phones. Your relative or friend usually needs to apply to have your name and number on his/her telephone account. You will usually receive a call from the prison to check who you are and to ensure you are happy for them to call you. Prisoners cannot receive telephone calls.

There is no restriction on who prisoners can call except in the case of calls to journalists intended to be broadcast. In some cases child protection measures may mean extra checks on who they call.

Prisoners can normally make calls only during ‘association’ periods. Some prisons limit the length of time a call can last to avoid queues and people being disappointed. Prisoners’ telephone calls are very expensive; calls to landlines now cost 10p per minute and 37.5 p to mobiles (compared to 2p in a public phone box). In most prisons the phone calls can be listened to and/or recorded.

If a prisoner is newly convicted or transferred they should be offered an immediate ‘Reception’ phone call to tell you where they are. It may take a few days for numbers to be transferred or added.

When you write to a prisoner you must include your full name and address. In most prisons the letters are searched and can be read before being given to the prisoner.

You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security. Do not enclose any items with letters. Make sure you put sufficient postage to cover the costs (anything bigger than A5 counts as ‘large’). Prisoners can normally receive a ‘reasonable’ number of letters per week.

If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched. Do not send musical cards. If you are sending more than one card put them all inside one outer envelope, this saves postage. Remember to include your full details (you could put your details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter which has your details).

Always put the prisoner’s full name and prison number. If the person has been moved their mail will be forwarded.

On conviction or transfer a prisoner should be given a ‘Reception’ letter to write to tell you where they are.

Prisoners are given a free letter each week to post out, they can send more, but at their own expense. Some prisons allow you to send in stamps.

You can usually send in photographs but in some prisons these must not include any image of the prisoner. Child protection measures may mean that some prisoners may not receive pictures of children, unless they are their own and were not ‘victims’. If you send pictures of children include an explanatory note identifying who the children are and their relationship to the prisoner.

It is not a good idea to send cash, this can get ‘lost’ in the prison. Prisons prefer postal orders, but you could send a cheque. Make these payable to ‘H M Prison Service’, write your name on the back and also the prisoner’s full name and prison number. Any money sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
Money you send is paid into the prisoner’s ‘Private Cash’ account and they get access to a certain amount (depending upon IEP) each week [currently £15.50 for Standard prisoners].

For full information about visits please refer to our ‘Visit Info’ section for this prison. Visits are very important to prisoners. At most prisons you may not give any item to the prisoner. Any items you wish to give them must usually be posted to the prison, and often after the prisoner has placed an ‘application’ for authorisation to have it sent in. The items which can be posted in are very limited. Check with the prisoner first and wait until they confirm that you can post it.

If there is a serious emergency - close family serious illness, death, or other reason you need to inform the prisoner immediately, you should telephone the main prison number and explain the problem to the operator who will transfer you to the appropriate person. If you are unhappy about their response redial and ask to speak to the Chaplaincy. Prison staff will not pass on general messages but only critical and very urgent messages. You should provide full details of the prisoner including their number.

Support and Advice
There are many very good charities and agencies who offer support and advice to people with family or friends in prison. We have a special section ‘Help/Support’ which has details and contact information for many of these. Do not hesitate or feel shy about calling any of these; they are there to offer support and advice.


This service operates at this prison. Email a Prisoner enables you to send messages to prisoners, in the UK and Irish prisons that operate the service, from any computer, without any of the hassles of writing and posting a letter, and it costs less than a second class stamp!

Your message is delivered to the prison within seconds so that it can be delivered to the prisoner by the prison staff in the next delivery.

It is free to sign up to Email a Prisoner and only takes a few seconds - all you need is an email address (EMaP can help you if you don't have an email address).

Once a member you will be able to send a message to any prisoner in the UK or Ireland, provided you know their prisoner number, from just 25 pence per message.

Check the Location List at Email a Prisoner before creating an account to ensure the system is operational.

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website


Prison Video Link (PVL)
All prisons with video link facilities have at least one courtroom and two briefing rooms where the defendant can hold a conference with their solicitor before and, if required, after their court hearing.

If court hearings are not taking place it may be possible for solicitors, barristers and Probation Officers to hold interviews with a prisoner via video link to save having to visit the prison.

The facility is also available to assist the Parole Board in dealing with oral hearings.
It should be noted however that court hearings must take priority.

At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.

To book the Video Link facility telephone: 0115 872 3000 ext 3218

Drug Strategy

The prison has a very comprehensive Drug Strategy Policy with good links with both internal and external agencies. Training in drug awareness is provided for all staff. Prisoners are identified as having a substance misuse problem through an initial health screen on Reception, Induction, wing observation or self disclosure are offered help and support via: PCT Substance Misuse Nurses who will offer a withdrawal programme or in some cases maintenance prescribing.

Prisoners are also seen on Induction by the CARAT (Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice Through-care) workers. CARAT workers aim to see all referrals within five working days and work with them throughout their sentence or time on remand. The workers also assess prisoners' suitability for the accredited Short Duration Programme (SDP). This programme looks at aspects of their substance misuse and continuity of treatment both within the prison and on release.

To reduce the demand for drugs the prison operates a Voluntary Testing Programme and has a Voluntary Testing Unit based on Echo Wing to offer support to those wishing to remain drug free.

In order to reduce drug supply, the prison Security Department has a drug stifling team which includes Mandatory Drug Testing (MDT), drug dogs and full-time police liaison officer


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for, and treatment of, those in prisons, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities. They provide independent scrutiny of the conditions for and treatment of prisoners and other detainees, promoting the concept of 'healthy prisons' in which staff work effectively to support prisoners and detainees to reduce reoffending or achieve other agreed outcomes.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) is appointed from outside the Prison Service, for a term of five years. The Chief Inspector reports to Ministers on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons in England and Wales.

The Inspectorate’s programme of inspection is based on a mixture of chronology and risk assessment. Full inspections run on a five or three year cycle; all unannounced follow-up inspections run on a risk-assessed basis.

Full inspections
Prison establishments holding adults and young adults are inspected once every five years. Establishments holding juveniles are inspected every three years. This type of inspection lasts for at least one week. The Inspectorate collects information from many sources, including the people who work there, the people who are imprisoned or detained there, and visitors or others with an interest in the establishment. Inspection findings are reported back to the establishment’s managers. Reports are published within 16 weeks of inspection. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made within the report, within a short period following publication.

Full follow-up inspections
Follow-up inspections are unannounced and proportionate to risk. In full follow-up inspections inspectors assess progress made and undertake in-depth analysis of areas of serious concern identified in the previous full inspection, particularly on safety and respect.

Short follow-up inspections
Short follow-up inspections are also unannounced and conducted where the previous full inspection and their intelligence systems suggest that there are comparatively fewer concerns.

Escort inspections
Three escort inspections are conducted every year.

Pre-inspection visit
One month prior to each full announced inspection, an inspector will visit the establishment to plan the inspection and request a range of preliminary information. In addition, researchers will attend to conduct a confidential survey of a representative proportion of the prisoner population. Results from the prisoner survey are provided for inspectors prior to the inspection and constitute an important source of evidence.

The inspection
All inspections are conducted against the Inspectorate's published inspection criteria, 'Expectations'. Expectations' are based on international human rights standards, as well as Prison Service Orders and Standards, and over all issues considered essential to the safe, respectful and purposeful treatment of prisoners in custody and their effective resettlement.
'Expectations' is the document which sets out the detailed criteria HMI Prisons uses to appraise and inspect prisons. These criteria are used to examine every area of prison life, from reception to resettlement, including;

• safer custody
• health services
• good order
• work
• diversity
• resettlement

The concept of a healthy prison is one that was first set out by the World Health Organisation, but it has been developed by this Inspectorate, and is now widely accepted as a definition of what ought to be provided in any custodial environment. It rests upon four key tests:

• safety: prisoners, even the most vulnerable, are held safely
• respect: prisoners are treated with respect for their human dignity
• purposeful activity: prisoners are able, and expected, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them
• resettlement: prisoners are prepared for release into the community, and helped to reduce the likelihood of reoffending

Post-inspection action
Inspection reports are published within 16 weeks of the inspection. Prior to publication, the Prison Service (or whoever is responsible for the establishment) is invited to correct any factual inaccuracies within the report. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made in the report, within two months of publication. A progress report on the action plain is produced after a further 12 months.


Last Inspection by HMCIP: 15–19 February 2010 - announced inspection
Report Dated: September 2010
Published: 27th October 2010

They said:
“ At the time of this announced inspection, HMP Nottingham was nearing the completion of a major refurbishment and expansion programme which will almost double its size. Despite this upheaval, the prison remained a reasonably safe, respectful and purposeful place. There was also a commendable focus on ensuring that the new HMP Nottingham played a leading role in the local community so that resettlement opportunities for its prisoners were increased and improved.

“ Despite a temporary reception, early days in custody were generally well managed. Violence reduction and anti-bullying work were effective and most prisoners felt safe, although greater concerns were expressed by some minority groups, particularly vulnerable prisoners who also had an inadequate regime. Suicide and self-harm prevention work was sound. Use of force was not excessive, but better use of de-escalation was required. The segregation unit was generally well run, although the special cell had on occasions been used inappropriately. Security was proportionate and effective measures were taken to combat drug supply.

“ The built environment had been transformed since our last full inspection, with new accommodation and further new wings about to open. Cleanliness and ventilation varied, and access to showers was mostly limited to alternate days. Staff-prisoner relationships were generally positive, although not supported by an effective personal officer scheme. Not all aspects of diversity were adequately addressed, with services for foreign nationals particularly underdeveloped. Health services were good.

“ As with most local prisons, the amount of purposeful activity did not meet the needs of all prisoners. Some basic vocational training was available and learning and skills provision was satisfactory. Access to the library was limited but provision once there was good. The range of physical education activities was also good.

“ There was a laudable focus on engaging with the local community to support resettlement of prisoners, but there needed to be improved needs analysis and more focus on delivery. Offender management was improving. There was some worthwhile provision along a number of the resettlement pathways, supported by an innovative mentoring scheme. However, support for family and friends was limited and there were no offending behaviour programmes.

“ HMP Nottingham has been undergoing a transformation with a major refurbishment and expansion programme and a commendable aspiration to become a ‘community prison’, one fully integrated into the local community. There is some way to go to achieve this ambition, but the prison has the essential bedrock in place in terms of a generally safe and respectful environment, together with an appropriate focus on resettlement, and it is to be hoped that the prison’s considerable potential will indeed be realised.”

Nigel Newcomen September 2010
HM Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click here to read the full report

Independent Monitoring Board

By law every prison and immigration removal centre must have an Independent Monitoring Board. IMBs in prisons derive their responsibilities from the Prison Act 1952 (Section 6). Prison Rules dealing with IMBs are numbers; 74 to 80

IMBs were known as ‘Boards of Visitors’ and are still referred to in the legislation under their old titles, although this is likely to change in the near future.

The Independent Monitoring Board for each establishment is made up of independent and unpaid volunteers from the local area. They monitor the day-to-day life in the establishment and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Members have unrestricted access to all areas of the prison at all times and can talk to any prisoner they wish, out of sight and hearing of a members of staff. They visit all areas such as; kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, healthcare centre and chaplaincy.

If a prisoner or detainee has an issue that they have been unable to resolve through the usual internal channels, they can place a confidential request to see a member of the IMB. Problems might include concerns over lost property, visits from family or friends, special religious or cultural requirements, or even serious allegations such as bullying. In addition, if something serious happens at the prison, for example a riot or a death in custody, IMB members may be called in to attend and observe the way in which it is handled.

IMB members sample food, can attend adjudications and should visit people held in the segregation unit. They must also be kept informed on such issues as the use of restraints.

The IMB meets regularly, usually once per month, and has an elected Chair and Vice Chair. Members work together as a team to raise any matters of concern and to keep an independent eye on the prison.

Click Here for IMB Website

Click Here for the latest published Annual IMB Report for this prison (2009-10)

Information in this section has been provided, primarily, by the prison. This information is supplemented with information from the various prison service websites; Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons; information and quotes from recent IMB/Visiting Committee reports; and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments. Performance and population data is provided by the Ministry of Justice.

Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures can be up to three months out of date.

The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect, please click on ‘Contact’, below.


Updated: January 2014

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