The most dangerous criminals in the UK enjoy a ‘cushy time’ on Christmas Day, eating a full dinner with the trimmings and receiving ‘endless’ cash gifts, according to an ex-prison officer.
HMP Frankland in County Durham is home to some of Britain’s most notorious criminals including Levi Bellfield, Ian Huntley and Peter Sutcliffe.
The Category A prison has been dubbed ‘Monster Mansion’ for the reputation of the rapists, murderers and terrorists held inside.
Lags are allowed to enjoy Christmas day with their fellow inmates, a former prison officer told the Daily Star Online.
The former prison officer said: “They don’t say happy Christmas to you. They couldn’t care less.
“They all have a cushy time I believe.”
Prisoners are given a Christmas menu to choose their dinner from roughly three weeks before December 25.
A wide range of options are available for prisoners with different dietary requirements and religious beliefs, including Halal, Kosher and vegetarian.
The meals, delivered on the day, consists of a starter, a main, dessert and fruit and various meats – turkey, beef and chicken – can be selected.
The prison officer is reported to have said: “There’s nothing wrong with the food they get, it’s nice.”
Inmates are let out of their cells on Christmas morning and enjoy a breakfast before being free to roam around and socialise with each other, depending on which wing they’re on.
Some are allowed to take part in various competitions in the gym, including five-a-side tournaments and fitness tests.
The prison officer said: “On the normal wings they all eat together, there’s a big table where they eat their Christmas dinner.
The ex-prison officer said that inmates have to ask permission for that and it all depends on behaviour.
The infamous prisoners, such as Huntley, Bellfield and Sutcliffe ‘just fit in with the rest of them’.
Under prison rules, inmates cannot receive presents but can be sent mail and cash payments into their accounts.
This money can be used to buy luxuries such as designer clothes and stereo systems.
Keeping a prisoner locked up at HMP Frankland costs the taxpayer more than £60,000 a year, figures from the Ministry of Justice show.
Housing cons in a specialist PIPE unit (Psychologically Informed Planned Environment) in the Westgate wing of the prison is understood to cost around £95,000-a-year.
The Ministry of Justice said £2.02 per day is spent on prisoners.