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Ian Huntley

Soham murderer Ian Huntley has been assaulted by a fellow prisoner in jail, the Ministry of Justice has said.

Huntley is currently being treated in hospital after the attack.

He is serving a life sentence at Frankland Prison in County Durham for the murders of 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.

Some reports have suggested that his throat was slashed, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

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.

Not first assault

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

Huntley was convicted of murdering the girls in December 2003 after they vanished from their homes in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in August 2002.

The assault is not the first time Huntley has been attacked in prison.

An inmate threw boiling water over him while he was on the health care wing at the high-security Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire in September 2005.

The former school caretaker has been told he must serve at least 40 years of his life term.

Mr Justice Moses said in 2005 that the killings did not meet the criteria for a "whole-life tariff", but the 40-year term offered "little or no hope" of his release.

This article is from the BBC News website. © British Broadcasting Corporation, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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