A Small Prison in Rayleigh High Street

icEssex reports that because of the overcrowding crisis in UK prisons, up to 16 cells will be used at Rayleigh Police Station to hold prisoners.

Essex Police say that only non-dangerous offenders will be held there.

(By the way, there used to be a small permanent prison in Rayleigh – the Rayleigh Lock-Up, roughly where the Traveller’s Joy pub is now. According to Lane and Fitzgerald’s – Rayleigh A Pictorial History it faced onto “Hangmans Field”)