The notorious inmates of Yorkshire's most high security prison

HMP Wakefield is a Category A men's prison and is the largest high-security prison in the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, 18th December 2018, 4:35 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 1:43 pm
HMP Wakefield is a Category A men's prison and is the largest high-security prison in the United Kingdom.

Often dubbed 'Monster Mansion' Wakefield prison has housed rapist, murderers and serial killers. These are some of the most notorious inmates of Wakefield prison over the decades.

Ian Huntley was convicted of the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2003 and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment. He was held at Wakefield prison until January 2008 when he was moved to HMP Frankland.
Harold Shipman was a GP found guilty of the murder of 15 patients in 2000, and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2004, Shipman died by hanging himself in his cell at Wakefield prison.

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Watkins was sentenced to 29 years imprisonment for sexual offences, including the assault of young children, in 2013. He began his sentence in Wakefield, but was then transferred to HM Prison Long Lartin on 25 January 2014.
Charles Bronson is one of the highest-profile criminals in Britain. He is currently serving a life term at HMP Frankland in County Durham for robbery and kidnap, but was a former inmate at Wakefield prison.
Klaus Fuchs was a German theoretical physicist and atomic spy, who was convicted in 1950 of supplying information to the Soviet Union during the Second World War. He spent nine years and four months in Wakefield prison.
Milly Dowler's killer Levi Bellfield was convicted of murdering Marsha McDonnell and Amlie Delagrange and the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy in 2008. He was later moved to HMP Frankland.
Colin Ireland was a British serial killer who murdered five gay men in a three-month span. Ireland died on 21 February 2012 at Wakefield Prison, from pulmonary fibrosis.
In 1994, Robert Black was convicted of the murder of four young girls. He was taken to Wakefield prison to begin his sentence in the segregation unit. He died from a heart attack in HMP Maghaberry on 12 January 2016.
Mark Bridger was sentenced to life in prison for the abduction and murder of April Jones, 5, on October 1, 2012. In 2013, a fellow inmate at Wakefield prison attacked Bridger.