HMP Low Newton

Low Newton Prison

Tel: 0191 3764000 – Brasside, Durham, County Durham DH1 5YA

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Prison Phone offers phone tariffs that reduce the costs of calls from Low Newton prison by up to 75%! This enables prisoners to get the support and love that they are missing from home, while reducing costs for the inmate. Find out more below.

HMP Low Newton originally opened in 1965 as a remand centre. It held both male and female inmates until 1998, when extensive refurbishment work commenced. The establishment is now all female, holding both adults and young offenders, and is capable of holding category A prisoners. It is a closed prison and holds a limited number of women serving life sentences. Its capacity is 336. If you’d like information on how to get to HMP Low Newton, please refer to the map on this page.


Tel: 0191 3764000

Operational capacity: 336

Brasside, Durham, County Durham DH1 5YA

Prison Phone have been saving inmates at HMP Low Newton money on their calls from the prison to any UK mobile phone since 2013.

We do this by allocating a dedicated and secure local number to your mobile phone, this means when the inmate at Low Newton prison calls the new local number we have provided they will be charged at just the local landline rate (around 10p per minute) rather than the standard mobile rate (which is around 40p per minute).

This in turn helps to stretch the inmates PINS phone credit further and reduces the amount you need to send in for them to top up!

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Here's some facts about Low newton prison

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HMP Low Newton is a high security closed-category female prison in Brasside, County Durham. Opened in 1965, the prison has capacity for 336 adult and young female inmates.

There are five traditionally built wings: Aykley (A), Bede (B), Cuthbert (C), Dunelm (D) and Elvet (E). E wing, the induction and first night unit, also incorporates a substance misuse unit and the Lynx open conditions unit. Finchale (F) wing predominantly holds long-term and indeterminate sentence women and includes 12 Primrose Service prisoners and restricted status women. The security specifications for Giles (G) wing, the drug free unit, are less stringent. I wing consists of the self-contained PIPE unit.

Serial killer Rosemary West has been in prison since November 1995, and is due to never be released. Mother and inmate at Low Newton, Julie McAllister, attacked her in prison after getting annoyed at “fan mail” from “twisted admirers”.

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Visiting hours are 13:45 – 15:45 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 14:00 – 16:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Prison Officer Melissa Priestly was found to have given an inmate special privileges and had an intimate relationship with her. She pleaded guilty of misconduct in public office.

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  • On March 27th, 2017, a micro-drone was found crashed in the prison grounds. It was the smallest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle seen entering prison grounds.

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  • Inmates have been found to prefer the drugs Subutex (a tablet that fights IBS) and Buscopan crushed up to smoke, than Spice, a synthetic cannabis.

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  • In 2006, the prison went through a security upgrade and can now hold category A prisoners.


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  • The prison runs the ‘Primrose Project’, which helps to treat inmates with dangerous and severe personality disorders. It’s the only prison in the UK to have such a facility.

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  • HMP Low Newton’s most famous inmate is Rosemary West.

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