An inmate at HMP Wandsworth is fighting for his life after a horror stabbing, just days after Daniel Khalife escaped from the same prison.
The man was stabbed and is said to be in critical condition following an incident between prisoners this afternoon.
The Metropolitan police and London ambulance service confirmed that they were called at around 3.20pm to reports of an inmate being assaulted at the prison in south west London.
The man was rushed in an ambulance to a major trauma centre where he remains in a critical condition, according to a Scotland Yard spokesperson.
An air ambulance was also sent to the prison “as a precaution,” according to the Ministry of Justice.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: “Staff swiftly responded to an incident between prisoners at HMP Wandsworth today.
“We have a zero-tolerance approach to violence and will always take strong action against those who break these rules.”
No arrests have been made yet and enquiries are ongoing.
A visitor at the time told Sky News that he saw two ambulances going in and an official said that “a prisoner had stabbed someone”.
The father, who was visiting his son inside the prison, told Sky News: “It’s just another day at Wandsworth jail.
“You do worry as a parent. It is chaotic right now.
“Even the officers inside all say they need more staff.
“My son is always calling saying he is on a lockdown meaning they can’t leave their cells at all, not for a shower not for anything.
“It’s unacceptable. Yes they have to be punished but it is inhumane.”
The stabbing puts more scrutiny on Wandsworth prison, just days after Khalife escaped on Wednesday
The 21-year-old terror suspect was arrested in west London on Saturday nearly 75 hours after he broke out of Wandsworth.
Earlier today it was confirmed that about 40 inmates had been moved out of Wandsworth prison.
Justice Secretary Alex Chalk told Sky News’ Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips that prisoners were transferred “out of an abundance of caution”.
The prison has been called unfit for purpose in the aftermath of Khalife’s escape.
Charlie Taylor, the chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales, said in an interview that it “really needs closing, ultimately”.