A restaurant run by prisoners in Cardiff cost almost £400,000 to set up, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Wales Online report:

A restaurant staffed by Cardiff Prison convicts cost taxpayers more than £380,000 to refurbish, it has been revealed.

The Clink opened to paying customers in a building adjacent to the prison last September, offering prisoners the opportunity to work in a professional catering environment.

Details released by the Prison Service following a request made under the Freedom of Information Act show that both Cardiff Prison and Frankland Prison in Durham contributed to the development of The Clink in Cardiff.

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