Belmarsh: Serial Killers & High Security Part 2 (Channel 5, 13 June 2024)

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Belmarsh: Serial Killers & High Security offers a glimpse into the inner workings of HMP Belmarsh, one of the UK’s most notorious prisons. This second episode, airing on Channel 5 on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 10:00 PM, provides insight into the diverse population of inmates housed within its walls and the challenges faced by prison officers in maintaining order.

The episode explores the evolution of HMP Belmarsh, which was originally designed for notorious terrorists and Category A criminals. Today, however, the prison serves primarily as an inner-city remand facility, detaining local men charged with offenses while they await trial. With around 660 inmates, the prison is a melting pot of London’s criminal underworld, including a growing number of younger men involved in gang-related activities.

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Former inmates share their experiences of life inside Belmarsh, describing the cramped conditions with multiple occupants per cell, ranging from serious criminals convicted of murder to those imprisoned for petty crimes. They reveal the existence of a pecking order among the inmates, with those at the top imposing their rules, while sex offenders find themselves at the bottom, often facing attacks from their fellow prisoners.

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The episode also looks into the stories of some of Belmarsh’s most infamous inmates, including the Hatton Garden Robbers, a group of elderly men who pulled off one of the biggest heists in English legal history, only to find themselves sentenced to the prison’s austere High Security Unit. Another notable inmate was Barry George, who was convicted of the murder of Jill Dando and whose case sparked debate among his fellow inmates, with some questioning his capacity for such a crime.

Belmarsh: Serial Killers & High Security airs on Channel 5 at 10:00 PM on Thursday, 13 June 2024.

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