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Yorkshire Ripper 'moved to prison in Durham'

The serial killer Peter Sutcliffe - known as the Yorkshire Ripper - has been moved from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to Category A Frankland jail in Durham, according to The Sun newspaper.

It follows a decision earlier this month by a mental health tribunal that the 70-year-old was sane enough to leave hospital.

Sutcliffe, who is originally from Bradford and now calls himself Peter Coonan, has spent 32 years inside the high-security institution in Berkshire after murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven more between 1976 and 1981.

Peter Sutcliffe, who know calls himself Peter Coonan, murdered 13 women in the 1970s and 80s. Credit: PA

He will continue to have his mental health assessed in prison, after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia following his life sentence in 1981.


Kevan Thakrar compensation: prison guard labels it disgusting

A convicted killer has received compensation after complaining that some of his belongings had been lost or broken in jail.

Kevan Thakrar was sent to Frankland Prison in Durham after he and his brother killed three men and attempted to kill others.

A judge ruled the 26-year-old should be given the cash, because his prison officers had lost the items, and not apologised to him.

But Thakrar's former prison guard says that is ridiculous.

Craig Wylde was attacked by him in Frankland Prison, and nearly died from the injuries, although Thakrar was found not guilty of attempted murder and wounding with intent in relation to the prison incident.

Prison guard says Thakrar's claim is pathetic

A prison guard who was injured in an attack by convicted murderer Kevan Thakrar has hit out at a court's decision to award him £815 in compensation for damage to his possessions.

Thakrar admitted attacking the guards but a court cleared him of attempted murder and three counts of wounding with intent after he claimed he was acting in self defence.

Craig Wylde, who suffered a severed artery and damaged nerves in the attack, told the Daily Mail the news was 'pathetic'.

It is another case of the prisoner getting everything and the real victims getting nothing.

He is always trying it on. This is the sort of person he is. He has to complain about everything and thinks he's a big man because he's challenging the system. This latest claim will have cost thousands and thousands of taxpayers' money. It is just totally pathetic."

– Craig Wylde, speaking to the Daily Mail

Compensation for killer over lost nasal clippers

A triple killer has won £800 in compensation after some of his belongings - including nose hair clippers, cranberry juice and an alarm clock - were lost or broken.

Kevan Thakrar, 26, was awarded the money because prison officers also lost 'priceless' photographs and personal items.

A judge said it was made worse as staff did not apologise to him.

In March 2010, Thakrar attacked three prison guards with a broken bottle at Frankland prison in County Durham

He was cleared of two counts of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent, a decision which prompted widespread fury.

Following the attack Thakrar was moved from Frankland to Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes and it was during this move that some of his possessions were misplaced.

African warlord reportedly held in County Durham jail

Charles Taylor

An African warlord sentenced to fifty years in prison after a trial in the Hague is reportedly serving his sentence in County Durham.

The former Liberian president Charles Taylor was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity at a trial in 2007.

His wife claims he is being held at HMP Frankland, the maximum security prison on the outskirts of Durham City.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said it could not confirm the locations of any individual prisoners.


Family left 'shattered' by prison murder

The family of a man who was murdered while serving an indefinite sentence in prison say they have been left 'shattered' by his death.

Mitchell Harrison was an inmate at HMP Frankland when he was attacked and killed in his cell in October 2011.

Today Michael Andrew Parr, 32, and Nathan Mann, 23 were sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder.

Our lives have been shattered by Mitchell's horrific murder. His death was cruel and unnecessary. As his family, we live with the pain and heartache that losing Mitchell has caused us.

Now that criminal proceedings are over we await the outcome of the Ombudsman's review of the Prison Service so that we can find out how this terrible crime was allowed to happen.

We would like to thank Durham police for their support and assistance throughout this tragic time. We would like to be left in peace and for our privacy to be respected.

– Statement from Mitchell Harrison’s family

Harrison was found dead in his cell after being attacked by Parr and Mann, who used make-shift tools fabricated from toothbrushes and razor blades. He had been disembowelled.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will carry out an investigation into circumstances surrounding his death.

Mitchell Harrison was a young man who was by all accounts a model prisoner at HMP Frankland. Although his family never condoned his past actions, he was still their much loved son and brother and they were supporting him as he served his custodial sentence. His untimely death, and the horrific nature of it, left his family devastated.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman is carrying out an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mitchell’s death. We are offering every assistance and await the findings.

– DCI Steve Chapman, Durham Police

Two sentenced to life in prison after prison murder

Two men have been sentenced to life in prison after admitting the murder of a fellow inmate.

Michael Andrew Parr, 32, and Nathan Mann, 23, admitted killing Mitchell Harrison at MHP Frankland in October 2011. They appeared at Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing today.

Michael Andrew Parr, 32, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Mitchell Harrison. Credit: Durham Police
Nathan Mann, 23, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing today. Credit: Durham Police

Harrison, originally from Wolverhampton, was found disembowelled in his cell. He was serving an indefinite sentence at the prison - which houses some of the UK's most high profile and dangerous prisoners - for the rape of a 13 year old girl in Kendal, Cumbria in 2009.

Mitchell Harrison was murdered in his cell at HMP Frankland Credit: Durham Police

Sentencing of prisoner who admits killing inmate convicted of rape

A prisoner who admitted disembowelling a convicted child rapist in his top security jail cell in Durham will be sentenced.

Michael Parr killed Mitchell Harrison, who was serving an indefinite sentence at Frankland Prison for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Harrison was disembowelled in his cell at the category A facility, which has housed some of the UK's most high profile and dangerous inmates, in October last year.

Parr, 32, will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court by Mr Justice Openshaw.

A plea hearing will be held at the same court for Parr's co-accused Nathan Mann, 23.

Harrison, originally from Wolverhampton, was jailed in January 2010 after he admitted raping the girl.

He was 21 at the time of the attack, which took place in August 2009 in Kendal, Cumbria.

Mitchell admitted two counts of rape at Carlisle Crown Court, where he received an indeterminate sentence and was put on the sex offenders' register for life.