Mystery advert published inviting people to visit High Down prison

Mystery advert published inviting people to visit High Down prison

Mystery advert published inviting people to visit High Down prison

High Down Prison in Banstead

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Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Mystery surrounds an advert published on this website inviting people to visit High Down prison tonight.

The advert, which was first spotted yesterday, says "Get to know your local prison.  Who works in a place like this?"

It continues: "Come and meet some of the staff who work at HMP High Down." and says there will be an event at the prison tonight (Tuesday, June 17) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Sutton Guardian:

But when readers click onto a link within the advert which says "click here to find out more"  they are simply taken to High Down’s web page within the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) website - which gives no details about the event.

When asked whether tonight’s event is to recruit prison officers for High Down, in Banstead, or to inform people about what happens inside the prison, an MoJ spokesman said: "An informative open evening is being held for a limited number in the community.

"This is not the first time this has happened.

"Those who wanted to come had to book in advance."

Sutton Guardian:

But it remains unclear why the prison is advertising an event where all the places have already been allocated and exactly how and where the event was originally publicised.

Do you know more? Are you attending tonight's event?

Tell us about it tomorrow by leaving a comment below or contacting Hardeep Matharu on hmatharu@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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3:49pm Tue 17 Jun 14

lostfaithincouncil says...

Odd article. Surely this advert can be traced by checking your adserver. It doesn't look like a Google ad because the AdChoices logo isn't in the top right.
Odd article. Surely this advert can be traced by checking your adserver. It doesn't look like a Google ad because the AdChoices logo isn't in the top right. lostfaithincouncil
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12:14am Wed 18 Jun 14

becstar77 says...

Exactly. I'm a bit confused that the paper doesn't seem to know what's appearing on it's own site! And why is this event of any interest?
Exactly. I'm a bit confused that the paper doesn't seem to know what's appearing on it's own site! And why is this event of any interest? becstar77
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