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Some of Britain’s most vicious killers, including Wayne Couzens and Ian Huntley, will reportedly be given access to private phones in their cells.
Lags at HMP Frankland, the Category A prison in County Durham that holds some of the UK’s worst offenders, will have phones installed in their cells, a move that has sparked outrage.
Contractors are spending months installing phones in individual cells so prisoners at the so-called “Monster Mansion” can avoid queuing in the communal area.
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A source told The Sun: “The prisoners are really excited. It seems like a massive project with loads of workmen on site. They seem to be spending a lot of money on what could be seen as a luxury.”
Currently, single cells at the prison, which houses around 850 prisoners, are already equipped with a TV, washbasin and toilet facilities.
Well-behaved inmates are often allowed Xboxes and DVD players in their rooms.
Now it would appear phones will be given to some of the UK’s worst offenders, which include the likes of serial killer Levi Bellfield and Lee Rigby’s killer Michael Adebolajo.
The prison is one of five secure prisons in the UK that holds Category A lags, who are given the toughest sentences for committing the worst crimes.
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Critics said the scheme at the prison was open to abuse from some of the UK’s most unforgivable prisoners.
Former Met detective Peter Bleksley told The Sun: “The idea that monsters like Huntley and Bellfield are getting phones in their cells is outrageous. It’s beyond the pale.
“For someone serving a relatively small sentence, when it was a one-off, and not at the serious end of the scale, a phone to start planning your life again is not a bad idea. But for the monsters there it is terrible. I can see it being abused."
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