The government is spending £20,000 a month to provide services for Reading Prison, despite it standing empty.

The jail closed in November as part of plans to replace four prisons with a super-prison.

However in response to a Freedom Of Information request by the BBC, the Ministry of Justice has revealed it is still paying for electricity, gas and security for the site.

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