A Dorset prison is set to expand so it can accommodate more inmates.

The building works at HMP Guys Marsh will also create new job opportunities.

The Category C men's training prison, near Shaftesbury, currently houses around 550 men across eight residential units.

Under the expansion plans the jail will see capacity increased by 180 places by the construction of new house blocks.

The new buildings will support the construction industry amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as generating scores of jobs in jails, the Ministry of Justice says.

It is part of a £2.5 billion commitment by the government to create 10,000 modern prison places.

Planning permission is being sought for works to begin, and the prisoners will arrive at Guys Marsh throughout 2023.

Prisons and Probation Minister, Lucy Frazer said: “The new blocks will provide modern environments where we can effectively rehabilitate offenders and steer them away from crime.”

Meanwhile, four new prisons are to be built across England over the next six years. A new jail will be constructed at HMP Full Sutton, in East Yorkshire, and work is under way to identify sites in the north west of England and the south east.