HMP Belmarsh is a category A prison in Eastern London, south of the Thames. It is often used to hold criminals suspected of terrorist activity. Belmarsh can hold 910 male inmates at a time.
The prison is in partnership with Charlton Athletic FC, which offers coaching courses. There are two fitness rooms, a gym and a sports hall the men have access to.
HMP Belmarsh takes in inmates from all over the country. It holds some of the most dangerous to national security, for example Charles Bronson, who is referred to as the most dangerous, and the most violent prisoner in the UK. Bronson has been arrested many times, and detained in four mental hospitals. He has been arrested for armed robbery, assault, grievous bodily harm and attempted murder, to name just a few.
Ian Huntley was convicted and charged with double murder after the Soham murders in Soham, Cambridgeshire on the 4th August 2002, after he killed two 10-year-old girls, Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman. He was sentenced to life (minimum 40 years).
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For information about the visiting hours, please visit http://www.justice.gov.uk/contacts/prison-finder/belmarsh/visiting-information.