HMP Berwyn's search for a new governor is not linked to Russ Trent's suspension, a spokesperson has said.

Russ Trent, in charge of HMP Berwyn since it opened its doors 18 months ago in spring 2017, was suspended from his role in August.

The Prison Service did not make public the reason behind Mr Trent's suspension, but a spokesperson said: “Mr Trent has been suspended in accordance with our standard procedures while an investigation is carried out into allegations made against him.”

Video: Tour inside Wrexham's £212m prison HMP Berwyn (footage shot in March 2017)

Prior to being named the prison's first governor, Mr Trent, an ex-Royal Marine, had been the project director who oversaw its development.

Mr Trent began his own career in the criminal justice system as a prison officer and has worked in prisons from Dorset, to London and the West Midlands before arriving in Wrexham.

However, a job advertisement has appeared in recent days for a new person to run the Wrexham prison.

The advertisement read: "This is a substantive Complex Governor position for Berwyn, which also presents an exciting opportunity to successfully complete the mobilisation of one of Europe’s largest prisons into steady state.

"In recognition of the ongoing, complex project delivery element the successful applicant will be temporarily promoted to SCS Pay band 1 for a period of two years.

"This role itself is dynamic, challenging and rewarding; one which requires a strong focus on building large-scale operational capacity, capability and confidence.

"Working in a devolved political environment your highly-tuned communication, negotiating and influencing skills will inspire residents, employees, contract partners and stakeholders to deliver a rehabilitative environment founded on safety, decency and security."

A Prison Service spokesperson said the search for a new governor began before Mr Trent was suspended and the decision to fill the role is unconnected to his suspension.