Yorkshire prisons and their most notorious inmates

Yorkshire has many prisons, including high-security Category A facilities housing some of the UK’s best-known killers, sex offenders and robbers.


Charles Bronson, Ian Huntley and Robert Maudsley are just some of the notorious criminals who have been locked up in the county’s jails.

Here are 7 Yorkshire prisons and their infamous inmates, past and present.

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Tracie Andrews was a former inmate at Askham Grange prison, North Yorkshire. Andrews was found guilty of the murder of her fianc, Lee Raymond Dean Harvey on 1 December 1996. She served 14 years before being released from prison.
Donald Neilson, known as the Black Panther, was a robber, kidnapper and murderer, who killed three people during robberies of sub-post offices between 1971 and 1974. He was a former inmate at Full Sutton.
Charles Bronson is one of the highest-profile criminals in Britain. He is currently serving time at HMP Frankland in County Durham for robbery and kidnap, but was a former inmate at Leeds prison.
Ex-Man City and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is a convicted sex offender who was released from HMP Moorland on March 22 after serving half of his six-year sentence.
Karen Matthews was jailed for 8 years in January 2009 for her part in the kidnap of her 9-year-old daughter Shannon. She spent part of her sentence at New Hall prison, near Wakefield.
Ian Huntley was convicted of the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2003 and was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment. He was held at Wakefield Prison until January 2008 when he was moved to HMP Frankland.
Naseem Hamed, a former boxing champion, was jailed in 2006 for dangerous driving. Hamed admitted to driving his 320,000 Mercedes sports car dangerously at speeds of up to 90mph and colliding head-on with another car.