Vegetarian and and vegan options on Christmas menu for Monster Mansion prisoners

When most people think of prison food, they think of porridge – but in fact the traditional breakfast has been banned in prisons for over a decade.

According to prison paper Inside Time, oatmeal is not permitted because it can be used to block up door locks.

These days there’s a pretty varied menu on offer inside. But when it comes to Christmas Day, the fare on offer is quite traditional.

HMP Wakefield, often called Monster Mansion, houses many of the country’s highest-risk sex offenders and murderers.

Villains such as Jeremy Bamber, Ian Watkins and Robert Maudsley, who are held there, will be tucking into turkey and all the trimmings on Christmas Day.

YorkshireLive obtained the Category A prison's Christmas Day lunch menu via a Freedom of Information request.

Inmates will be able to choose between a 'traditional Xmas dinner', half a roast chicken, half a halal roast chicken, a mushroom and spinach kiev or a vegan wellington slice.

All mains come with roast potatoes, sprouts, carrots and gravy.

Prisoners who fail to submit their selection form will be given the vegan option.

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For dessert, there's a Christmas pudding with white sauce and a banana.

While the non-meat options don't look particularly festive they make a change from the vegan lunch options earlier in the week.

These include a vegan cheese sandwich on brown bread, a vegan vegetable pie and a vegan sausage sandwich on brown bread.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "Meals in prisons over Christmas are paid for from within the existing budget and at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

"What is spent on food per prisoner per day, and the breakdown per meals, is ultimately a decision for each governor and their catering team as part of the devolved prison budget."

The forbidding prison dates back centuries. Wakefield Prison was originally constructed in 1594. Most of the prison present infrastructure dates from the Victorian era.

Previous prisoners include child murderers Ian Huntley and Robert Black as well as Britain's most prolific serial killer, Dr Harold Shipman who killed himself in his Wakefield Prison cell in 2004.

Bosnian Serb war criminal Radislav Krstić served some of his sentence at HMP Wakefield where he was seriously wounded by three Muslim inmates in 2010.

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