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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 16:44 GMT
Jailed prison worker found hanged
A prison service worker jailed for attempting to murder his neighbour of 26 years over a land dispute has been discovered hanged in his cell.

Edwin Hoskins, 63, serving a seven-year sentence at HMP Guys Marsh, Dorset, was hanging from the cell's window bars.

Prison officers tried to revive Hoskins but he was pronounced dead on Tuesday.

The coroner and his next-of-kin have been informed. An inquiry into his death will be conducted by the prisons and probation ombudsman.

Shot in the gut

Hoskins was imprisoned in July 2004, at Salisbury Crown Court.

The court heard that he met his neighbour Graham Vranch while working at HMP The Verne on Portland, Dorset, in 1970.

The men became neighbours after they bought adjacent bungalows at Blacknor Fort - a disused military base on Portland.

In 1978, the pair drew up a legal agreement where if either of them decided to sell, the other must be given first refusal for one month.

Hoskins, who had worked as a building instructor for inmates in the prison service, decided to sell in January 2004.

But when Mr Vranch made an offer to buy his property for 55,000 - a sum much lower than Hoskins had hoped for - he rejected it.

On 22 February, Hoskins invited Mr Vranch to his house and shot him with a gun.

Mr Vranch survived the shooting.

In court Hoskins was described as "lonely" with his "only deep relationship" being with his elderly mother.

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