SOME of the highest-profile lawbreakers in the UK have been jailed in Belmarsh prison.

This prison can hold up to 910 criminals and this is where it is located and who are some of its inmates.

Where is HMP Belmarsh prison?

Her Majesty's Prison Belmarsh is in Thamesmead, south-east London, England.

This category A prison holds male prisoners who, if they were to escape, could pose a threat to the public, the police or national security.

Who are the prison's most famous inmates?

Abu Hamza

The former imam, known for the hook he has for a hand, preached Islamic fundamentalism at Finsbury Park mosque.

He was imprisoned in Belmarsh for incitement to murder in 2006.

Charles Bronson

The criminal, dubbed Britain's most violent prisoner, has spent periods of time in Belmarsh since being sentenced for armed robbery in 1976.

During his time at Belmarsh, he took three other prisoners hostage.

The 70-year old also found himself busy in prison by getting caught up in a love triangle.

It was reported by The Mirror, that Charles was seeing 30-year old model, Gemma Fernandez while writing love letters to his ex-wife Irene Dunroe.

Julian Assange

The WikiLeaks founder has been kept at Belmarsh since May 2019 after he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail.

In November 2019, a group of doctors claimed that Assange was at risk of dying in prison due to his poor mental and physical health.

Things improved for Julian as he got married in prison on March 23, 2022 to lawyer Stella Moris.

The couple met while Julian was living in London's Ecuadorian embassy.

Julian won the first stage to an appeal to fight extradition to the United States, where he has espionage charges.

Ian Huntley

Huntley was sent to Belmarsh following the murder of two 10-year-old girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.

He was later transferred to HMP Wakefield before being moved again to HMP Frankland in 2008.

Huntley recorded a confession in 2018 saying that thinks "about them every day."

He said: "What I will say is that I am so terribly, terribly sorry for what I have done.

"I know the people of Soham took me into their community, they trusted me, gave me a job and a home, and I betrayed them in the worst possible way.

"And I am sorry for wha I have done, sorry for the pain I have cause to the families and friends of Holly and Jessica, for the pain I have caused my family and friends, and for the pain I have caused the community of Soham."

Ronnie Biggs

The train robber was sent to Belmarsh after he returned to the UK from Brazil in 2001, having escaped from Wandsworth prison in 1965.

Biggs remained in Belmarsh for six years until he was transferred to Norwich Prison on compassionate grounds due to his failing health.

Ronnie was part of 15-men gang that attacked a Royal Mail train on its way from Glasgow to London which was said to be carrying vasts amounts of cash by a postal worker, nicknamed the Ulsterman.

He died aged 84 in 2013 in a North London care home.

Tommy Robinson

The far right extremist whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon was recently released from Belmarsh after serving half of his 19 week sentence for contempt of court.

He was supposed to attend court in March 2022 but missed the hearing after his barrister, Oliver McEntee told judge Mr Justice Nicklin: "He has been suffering from a number of mental health issues he says are attributable to harassment by a number of individuals.

Other inmates are:

  • Michael Adebolajo who murdered British soldier Lee Rigby.
  • Ali Harbi Ali who was charged with the murder of MP David Amess.
  • Paul 'Des' Ballard who was a TV presenter and caused death by dangerous driving and was involved in other crimes such as rape.
  • David Copeland bombed a gay pub, Brixton Market and Brick Lane.
  • Delroy Grant also known as the Night Stalker who ahd a series of raping and burglar offences.
  • Danyal Hussein murdered two sisters in a park in London.
  • Stephen Port is known as the Grindr Killer who murdered four men and was also involved in rape crimes.
  • Khairi Saadallah stabbed three people to death and injured others in a park in Reading.

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