‘Psychopathic’ rapist treated to slap up KFC meal by prison staff

A "psychopathic" rapist and kidnapper was treated to a KFC by prison staff as he was being transferred to another jail, it has been revealed.

HMP Northumberland bosses have admitted vile sex attacker Ashley Wright, 60, described as being 6ft 5in and well over 20st, was able to tuck into the finger lickin' good meal, after he had to be unexpectedly returned to the North East immediately following his arrival.

Apparently prison staff had a problem getting food for Wright, who was jailed for raping three women, on the way back from the jail in Lincolnshire and decided to take him to the fast food drive-thru.

A member of staff at HMP Northumberland, who did not want to be named, contacted ChronicleLive to reveal inmates are furious over the incident.

"I'm absolutely disgusted by it, it's all over the jail, everybody is talking about it", the guard said.

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"He's a very manipulative person and likes to make staff think he's their mate.

"The guy he was handcuffed to in the van is about half his size, he could snap him in half.

"Staff are absolutely furious it was allowed to happen."

The serial sex attacker was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court in 2002 for raping the women, one of whom he held captive and attacked repeatedly.

Wright was released in 2011 but was soon behind bars again for taking crack cocaine after his new wife was told by the authorities about his sick past.

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Wright – who is coming to the end of his sentence – has repeatedly applied to the parole board to be released early but has been knocked back three times because he is too dangerous.

In November 2017, Wright took the Parole Board to the High Court over the decision not to release him but was once again told he must remain behind bars.

Psychological assessments of Wright made prior to the hearings found he has psychopathic traits, with one doctor concluding he suffers from a "high level of psychopathy".

One assessment found that "concerns had been raised throughout Mr Wright's time in custody about his ability to manipulate others".

A spokesperson for HMP Northumberland — which is run by the private company Sodexo — said the incident is being investigated.

In a statement, the jail said: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the transfer of a prisoner from HMP Northumberland to an open prison over 200 miles away resulted in an unscheduled stop for food at a drive through fast food outlet.

"This was an exceptional case, the usual source for food provision for prisoners in transit was unavailable due to the time of day. We are looking into all factors which led to this situation."

It's not the first scandal to engulf HMP Northumberland, which has been ran by the private sector firm since 2013.

In 2017, an undercover BBC documentary revealed chaos inside the jail and found violence and drug use were widespread at the site.

Last month, ChronicleLive uncovered shocking footage of a prisoner who had purportedly taken spice in a cell.

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