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Child murderer Colin Pitchfork locked up in jail plagued by rats and soaring levels of violence

CHILD murderer Colin Pitchfork is in a jail plagued by rats and soaring levels of violence.

And the killer, 61, could find himself targeted as a sex offender, according to the Victorian jail’s latest inspection.

The Independent Monitoring Board laid bare conditions at HMP Winchester, Hants, in a report last month.

It said the jail had an “underlying volatile atmosphere”, high “prisoner-on-prisoner violence” and a severe rat problem.

The report added: "Their prison exercise yard is overlooked by B Wing and its prisoners shout abuse and occasionally throw things at the vulnerable during A Wing's exercise period.

"This is a constant problem with a number of A Wing prisoners consequently refusing to go outside."

Pitchfork may even be housed in A Wing's seven-cell Care and Separation Unit (CSU) for its own safety.

Pitchfork was jailed in 1988 for the 1983 rape and murder of Lynda Mann and of Dawn Ashworth in 1986, both 15.

He was pictured free in September but was recalled to prison recently for approaching young women.

HMP Winchester was built in 1846 and houses around 690 men.

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