Notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has lost his parole bid to be released from prison.
Bronson, 70, was first jailed for seven years in 1974, but has been in prison ever since after his sentence was extended to life.
He is one of the UK’s longest-serving prisoners.
What happened in the Charles Bronson case?
It was announced today (Thursday) that Bronson lost a Parole Board bid to be freed from jail.
In a document detailing the decision, the Parole Board, referring to Bronson’s new surname of Salvador, said: “After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress that Mr Salvador has made while in custody and the evidence presented at the hearings, the panel was not satisfied that Mr Salvador was suitable for release.
“Nor did the panel recommend to the Secretary of State that he should be transferred to an open prison.”
The Mirror had reported that Bronson told his ex-wife, Irene Dunroe, he believed he would walk free from prison soon.
But the publication added that Bronson “expects to be held for a short while longer before he is freed, with an electronic tag and under curfew”.
Ms Dunroe, who was married to Bronson before he was jailed, said: “Mick is not a terrorist, rapist or murderer or paedophile. His crimes of violence are because he was getting violently treated.”
She added: “He is not going to cause any trouble. He’s too old.”
Earlier this month at Bronson’s parole review, a psychologist said the convict has post-traumatic stress disorder after facing some “brutal and unacceptable” treatment behind bars.
An independent psychologist employed by Bronson’s legal team told the hearing: “He feels like the whole system is about humiliating and degrading him.”
A prison psychologist said although Bronson posed a moderate risk of violence inside jail, it would be a high risk if he was freed.
Kerry Daynes, a psychologist who was called by Bronson, said Bronson had mild PTSD and is not yet ready for release and should be given a gradual introduction to open conditions.
Why was Bronson jailed?
Bronson was 22 when he was first jailed in 1974 for seven years for robbery, aggravated burglary, assault with intent to rob and possession of a firearm.
Once dubbed one of Britain’s most violent offenders, Bronson has spent most of the past 48 years behind bars, apart from two brief periods of freedom during which he reoffended, for a string of thefts, firearms and violent offences, including 11 hostage-takings in nine different sieges.
Victims included governors, doctors, staff and, on one occasion, his own solicitor.
He was handed a discretionary life sentence with a minimum term of four years in 2000 for taking a prison teacher at HMP Hull hostage for 44 hours. Since then, the Parole Board has repeatedly refused to direct his release.
Having spent much of his time behind bars in solitary confinement, he passes the time by listening to the radio and creating art. The inmate at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was previously diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder.
What has Bronson said?
In 2014 he decided to change his surname to Salvador, which he said means “man of peace”, dismissing any suggested link to the artist Salvador Dali.
“Bronson was a nasty bastard,” he told the parole hearing earlier this month. “He wasn’t a nice person and I didn’t like him. Salvador is a man of peace. I feel peaceful.”
Describing his criminal history, he said: “Out of the 50 years I’ve been in prison, I have probably deserved a good 35 years of it … but I have been naughty. Not ‘naughty-naughty’, but naughty.”
He said he was now “a born-again artist” and “almost an angel” compared with the past.
“When I’m in my cell and I’ve got a bad letter, or something’s happened, or someone has been nasty or whatever, I can sit in my cell now and switch off, and go into myself with deep breathing,” Bronson told the panel.
He told the parole hearing that 70 is too old to “keep having rumbles” and claimed he is now a “chilled-out man”.
In a recent voice note released to Sky News, Bronson said he “hates” violence and that he has “never been a danger to the public”, adding, “I love people”.
He claims he has raised “thousands and thousands” of pounds for charity.
Bronson continued: “They keep f***ing drumming it into the public I’m a danger. Well, who am I a danger to?
“I’ve never been a danger to the public. I love people, love ’em, I love the world. I’m not a f****** filthy terrorist or a rapist, or a murderer, so who am I dangerous to outside?
He added: “I want to go home, I’m an artist born again. I hate violence, I despise it and that’s all I’ve done for the last ten years, sit in my cell, a model prisoner, polite, respectful but they still won’t let me out.”