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Huntley back in jail after attack

Ian Huntley
Huntley was jailed for life in 2003

Soham murderer Ian Huntley has been returned to jail after treatment for a knife wound inflicted by another inmate at Frankland Prison in County Durham.

The 36-year-old was reportedly slashed across the throat in the attack on Sunday - the second time he has been the target of violence inside jail.

He is serving life for killing 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Forensic examiners have been at the scene and several "items" recovered, Durham Police said.

Huntley was moved to the Category A high security prison in 2008.

Scalding water

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: "A prisoner at HMP Frankland was assaulted by another prisoner at about 3.25pm on Sunday 21 March.

"The prisoner was taken to outside hospital for treatment. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening."

Huntley was convicted of murdering Holly and Jessica in December 2003.

The girls disappeared from their homes in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in August 2002.

A caretaker at the secondary school in Soham, Huntley and his then girlfriend Maxine Carr, a teaching assistant in Holly and Jessica's junior school class, told police that they knew nothing of the girls' disappearance.

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But it emerged at their trial at the Old Bailey in December 2003 that Huntley had met Holly and Jessica as they walked past his home, enticed them inside and killed them before hiding their remains.

Carr was jailed but given a new identity after her release from prison.

In 2008, HM Inspectorate of Prisons raised concerns about violence at the Category A high security Durham jail.

On 13 March three prison officers were attacked with a broken bottle - two of them needed surgery for their injuries.

Colin Moses from the Prison Officers' Association told the BBC that prison safety was an issue that urgently needed to be addressed and has called for a lock-down so the prison can be thoroughly searched.

"What we are asking for, right up to Jack Straw and his ministers, is zero tolerance to violence in our prisons.

"We have more violent prisons than we've ever had before. We want to see action taken to safeguard staff, safeguard inmates and safeguard the public."

Huntley, originally from Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, has been told he must serve at least 40 years of his life term.

In 2005 an inmate at Wakefield Prison threw boiling water over Huntley who has tried several times to take a drug overdose while serving his sentence.

In September 2006 he spent a day in hospital after being found unconscious in his cell following an overdose, and in 2007 he was treated in hospital after swallowing prescription drugs.

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