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Hamza forced to hand over hook

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza is forced to turn in his prosthetic arms every night in jail Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza is forced to turn in his prosthetic arms every night in jail because officials believe the metal hook on one limb could be used as a weapon.

Abu Hamza's lawyer has complained that giving up the arms leaves his client helpless for hours.

Hamza is expected to be outfitted with a new prosthetic in the shape of a hand at taxpayers' expense of more than US$15,000 (£9,330).