Ashwell Prison Ghost HuntOakham, Leicestershire, East Midlands.
Ashwells abandoned Prison is located in Oakwell and sits on the site of an old WW2 American Air Base which was home to part of the 82nd Airborne Division.
The prison first opened its doors (Cells) in 1955 as was originally an open prison for male only prisoners however in October 87 it was converted to a Category C establishment. In 2003 the prison hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when 4 unruly prisoners went on a £10,000 wrecking spree sparked by a prison guard finding an inmate drinking alcohol in his cell.
With an inmate escaping from the prison along with a damming inspection report, 2005 was a bad year for the prison as concerns were raised with vulnerability and race relations amongst the prison community. Moving forward to July 2008, the prison had an extension which added a further 64 cells which increased the capacity to 619 inmates.
In 2009 a major riot broke out in the beginning of April. This was far greater than the one in 2003 and previsions were made by the police to create a 3 mile perimeter around the prison stretching as far as Oakham. The trouble was not brought under full control until late into the evening and the result of the trouble left 75% of the prison uninhabitable and 3 prisoners injured.
Paranormal activity has been reported at this location ever since the doors opened with former inmate and staff both reporting strange goings on. Cell doors have been known to open and close by themselves with no one anywhere need them. People have even reported being pushed by unseen ghostly hands causing even the most skeptical of person to question the paranormal world.