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Criminal/Prison Records Help

Hello :)

I wonder if anyone has any advice about obtaining the criminal and/or prison records of a recently deceased relative?

I am trying to help a friend whose grandfather passed away this year. She is researching his life in order to compile a biography for other family members to treasure, and she knows that he spent some time in prison. However, she's drawing a blank on where to get hold of those records, or even if it's possible to get hold of them. She's written to the local police force with no luck, and to the Ministry of Justice data access department, likewise.

Where should she be looking for records of this nature? Presumably she will need to prove her identity/relation to him, and perhaps need written permission from his next of kin (her grandmother?)

Thank you for any advice.

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