WHILE hundreds of Sunderland families were forced to rely on food banks for Christmas dinner, prisoners at HMP Durham dined on roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, potatoes and country vegetables.

Some of the country’s most dangerous criminals got a full festive feast or could opt for alternatives, including Halal chicken, mushroom pie or chops.

For dessert, they had a choice of Black Forest Gateaux or a banana.

Reported by the Sunderland Echo. You can read the full story here.

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