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Charles Bronson preparing speech to Parole Board as he hopes to end solitary confinement

Former Ellesmere Port resident hopeful his strict jail restrictions might be relaxed

Charles Bronson pictured while he was out from prison in 1992

Charles Bronson will plead for his solitary confinement to be brought to an end in a speech to Parole Board bosses – now rubber-stamped to take place in two months’ time.

The former Ellesmere Port resident, known as Britain’s most notorious prisoner, is currently on 23-hour lockdown at HMP Wakefield, banned from associating from any fellow inmates due to his violent reputation.

The 62-year-old will meet government officials in April, it has been confirmed.

And among his main evidence is proof he has passed the third section of a ‘Violent Reduction’ course, his confidants say, designed to break the cycle of his past criminality and attacks.

The inmate, who has spent 40 years behind bars, 36 years of that with the very barest human contact, knows he will not be released, but is hopeful his strict jail restrictions might be relaxed.

Pals say Bronson wants a move to allow him to associate with other prisoners, and is set to suggest a switch to a different Category A facility like HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, but without solitary confinement, as a potential step forward.

Britain's most notorious prisoner, Charles Bronson

Bronson, 13 years over his tariff for possible release and who has changed his name to Charles Salvador after the painter, grew up in Ellesmere Port.

He had his first brush with the law in the town when he was 13.

At 22, he was jailed for his part in an armed robbery at a Post Office in Little Sutton . He stole £26.18 and was jailed for seven years.

Rod Harrison, Bronson’s long-time friend, said: “Charlie is concentrating on his oral hearing.

“He should have been allowed to personally attend one last year, but it was just a paper hearing.

“He’s now getting his paperwork together. Everything is positive.

“Charlie will now have the chance to speak at this hearing, which he is keen to accept.

“He wants the opportunity to put his case forward.”

A life behind bars

Bronson’s Parole bid should have been held sooner, but a mounting Ministry of Justice backlog has seen it pushed back to spring.

The hard man, known for attacking people in jail, has enjoyed just four months and nine days out of prison since being first convicted in 1974.

In 1996, Bronson took a lawyer hostage, and three years later took a civilian education worker prisoner during a 40 hour siege.

In 2013, he was moved to HMP Woodhill, but the following year, repeatedly hit governor Alan Parkins several times on the head – receiving an extra two years to add to his life sentence.

The same summer, he attacked 12 prison guards after hearing that Arsenal, who he hates, had won the FA Cup, covering himself in Lurpak butter to stop them grabbing hold of him.

Friends back home

Bronsons still maintains his ties with Ellesmere Port and last year helped a four-year-old girl battling against hepatoblastoma , a rare malignant liver cancer occurring in children.

His cousin Tracey Parry, who lives nextdoor to brave Olivia Phillips, flagged her fight to the jail lifer, and wrote recently: “I’m quite sure if he could donate a drawing or something it would go down a storm at the auction night.

“He still has a lot of friends in Ellesmere Port.”

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