Notorious lag Charles Bronson blasts jail bosses for ‘making an example of him’

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Charles Bronson has ­accused jail bosses of “making an ­example” of him after ruling he must remain in a maximum ­security ­prison.

The notorious lag, who is coming up for parole, had hoped to be moved to a softer jail.

But a review said he should stay as a Category A prisoner and will remain at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Bronson, who has served more than 44 years behind bars, claimed he’s been on his “best behaviour” and had not been in trouble for more than six years.

And he accused prison chiefs of ­sabotaging his bid for freedom by not downgrading him ahead of his hearing.Bronson told his son George Bamby in a letter: “Son, you know me, no ­secrets. This is not good news.

“I was ­expecting to be decategorized down to a B or a C. Not to be son! So now it is up to the parole judge to agree with us and our legal team that I am not a danger to the public.”

His letter added: “I told you long ago the system want to make an example out of me by never allowing me to progress.”

HM Prison and Probation Service told Bronson: “The Director of the Long Term and High Security Estate reviewed your security category on 17 February 2021.

“In considering your case the Director took into account the reports prepared by prison staff, the LAP ­recommendation and any submitted representations.

“The decision is that you remain in Category A (Standard Escape Risk).” It said officials believed Bronson, who turns 70 next year, would “pose a high level of risk if unlawfully at large”.

Yet it said that his recent behaviour had been “acceptable” and added “he gets on well with staff”.

Officials said that he had completed a Violence Reduction Programme to help him “manage his behaviour”.

It added there was “evidence of less violent thinking and an absence of physical violence for over two years”.

Bronson was first sentenced to seven years in jail over an armed robbery
in 1974.

He was repeatedly given further ­sentences for taking hostages in prison, causing damage to property and violent outbursts.

In 1999, he was given a life sentence for kidnapping a prison art teacher.

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