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The “most violent prisoner in Britain” insists that a parole hearing later this year means he is ‘coming home’.
Charles Bronson, born Michael Gordon Peterson, but known by at least five other aliases has spent periods detained in the Rampton, Broadmoor and Ashworth high-security psychiatric hospitals since 1974.
The 69-year-old is currently serving life imprisonment but revealed he has high hopes for his historic hearing in June – the first ever to take place in public.
The bare-knuckle boxer states he can’t wait for a taste of freedom, leaving the system as fit as when he first went in more than 40 years ago.
As reported by the Mirror, In a phone call from jail, he said: “I’ve got my jam roll [parole] coming up. All my reports are excellent.
“It’s looking good, it really is. I’m closer now to getting out than I have been in 30-odd years. Up to now, there’s not a date, but it’s looking like June, July.
“I’m the first man in the British Isles to have a public parole hearing. All these decades I’ve done.”
At 22, Bronson was jailed for the first time for armed robbery, he was initially sentenced to seven years but more time was added due to attacks on guards and fellow prisoners.
That stretch ended in 1987 but he was soon back in jail, and in total he has been moved prisons more than 120 times during his 43-year spell behind bars – much of which has been in solitary confinement.
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In 2014, the Spurs fan covered himself in Lurpak to attack 12 prison officers at Full Sutton jail, admitting he had “lost it” because Arsenal had won the FA Cup. It was a carbon copy of his assault on 12 Wakefield Prison officers in 2010.
He has also had nine rooftop protests and held a reported 11 hostages. But his days as the country’s most violent prisoner are over and he now writes poetry and paints, donating works to raise money for charity.
Bronson also sticks to a regime of runs, squats and press-ups.
He said: “I still smash my press-ups out. I’m 70 years old and I can still do 95 press-ups in 30 seconds. I don’t walk on the yard, I run – sit-ups, press-ups, squats, I love it.
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“When I go out on the yard that’s my hour of freedom. I’ve got a big smile, I’m happy. I’m walking out as fit as the day I came in. I’m coming home.”
Bronson serves as a Category A prisoner, meaning he is separated from the other inmates at HMP Woodhill.
Public parole hearings were brought in to boost transparency and public confidence after an outcry over plans to free black-cab rapist John Worboys in 2018. Any inmate can now request an open hearing.
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