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2 July 2011, 08:36
The man convicted of murdering schoolgirl Sarah Payne has been attacked by a fellow inmate in Wakefield Prison.
Roy Whiting is believed to have suffered eye injuries during the alleged assault yesterday morning.
It is understood the paedophile, 52, was taken to hospital for treatment following the incident but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed that officers were called to an incident involving two prisoners at Wakefield Prison at around 8.39am yesterday morning, but would not comment on their identities.
"We were called in relation to an allegation of assault at Wakefield Prison just after 8.39am yesterday morning,'' said the spokesman.
"We were contacted by prison staff who informed us there had been a fight between two prisoners. One of the inmates received injuries but they are not thought to be life threatening.''
A Prison Service spokesperson said yesterday: "A prisoner at HMP Wakefield was assaulted this morning and received an eye injury. He was treated in the prison's healthcare wing. HMP Wakefield manages violent and dangerous prisoners every day and events such as this are rare. The bravery and speedy response of staff ensured that this incident was dealt with swiftly and effectively."
Whiting was sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for the murder of eight-year-old Sarah, who disappeared while playing near her grandparents' home in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, in July 2000.
Her body was found in nearby Pulborough 17 days later.