Child killer Bridger slashed in prison

Child killer Mark Bridger, who abducted and murdered five-year-old April Jones, has been attacked in prison.

Bridger, who is serving a life sentence, was reportedly slashed across the face with a makeshift blade by a fellow inmate at Wakefield Prison on Sunday.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was given stitches, according to The Sun..

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A Prison Service spokeswoman said the incident was being investigated by the police.

Bridger kidnapped April before sexually abusing her, murdering her and then disposing of her body last October.

He was given a whole life sentence in May by trial judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams after a month-long trial.

April had been playing with friends close to her home on the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid-Wales when Bridger enticed her into his car.

Following his arrest, officers found numerous indecent images on his computer.

Bridger – a former slaughter- house worker – has never revealed what he did with April’s body, although skull fragments were found in his fireplace.

Police believe he dismembered the five-year-old’s body before dumping the body parts at various locations in the hills, rivers and forests surrounding his home in Ceinws, Mid-Wales, after traces of her blood were found all over his rented cottage.

He was sent to Wakefield, the largest maximum security jail in the UK, which houses a number of child killers including Roy Whiting, Levi Belfield and Mick Philpott.

Bridger had previously been kept away from other prisoners for his own safety, as attacks on child killers are not uncommon in Britain’s jails.

Ian Huntley, the killer of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, was attacked at Wakefield when a fellow prisoner, murderer Mark Hobson, threw a bucket of boiling water over him in September 2005. Huntley was moved to HMP Frankland in January 2008, where his throat was slashed by another inmate in March 2010.