(Daily Mail) Islamic extremists threaten to stab fellow inmates who eat pork in front of them at one of Britain’s toughest jails, a prisoner has claimed.
The ‘long serving prisoner’ at HMP Long Lartin said cooking pork at the communal kitchen is ‘deemed dangerous, even a threat to your life’.
The anonymous man made the claims in a letter to prisoners’ magazine Inside Time.
He claims inmates at the jail are being radicalised but the issue is not being addressed by prison bosses.
‘Terror’ preacher Abu Hamza and radical cleric Abu Qatada have both been held at the prison.
The inmate wrote: ‘The kitchen is usually occupied by 90 per cent Muslims and we have been told if we cook pork we will be stabbed. There have been incidents here where people have been targeted and pressured and bullied into converting to Islam.
‘Young Muslim men are being radicalised in here and one day they may commit acts of terrorism in this country.
‘There seems to be nothing being done here to stop it and people are scared to speak out.’
The man also claimed Muslim inmates celebrated the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby at the Category A prison.
The prisoner said when the news was broadcast on television some Muslim prisoners praised the murder.
He wrote: ‘What I have come to realise in this prison is that these extremist views are not frowned on by other Muslims.’
Long Lartin in Worcestershire is a maximum security prison where some of Britain is most notorious inmates have been held, including serial killer Jeremy Bamber, who murdered five members of his family, and Mark Dixie, who murdered and raped model Sally Ann Bowman in 2005.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: ‘The Government takes a zero tolerance approach in tackling radicalisation and bullying in our prisons.
‘All high security prisons have dedicated counter-terrorism units, who work in partnership with the Police and security services to root out extremism.
‘We also have a team of Muslim chaplains across the estate who work with prisoners to prevent radicalisation.
‘We already take steps to isolate those who seek to radicalise others, and this Government is planning further action to make sure that no prisoner is allowed to promote extremist ideology.’