HM Prison Long Lartin

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HMP Long Lartin
LocationSouth Littleton, Worcestershire
Security classAdult Male/Category A
Population622 (as of October 2017)
Managed byHM Prison Services
GovernorJamie Bennet
WebsiteLong Lartin at

HM Prison Long Lartin is a Category A men's prison, located in the village of South Littleton (near Evesham) in the District of Wychavon in Worcestershire, England. It is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.


Long Lartin was opened as a Category C training prison in 1971, with additional security features and systems being added in 1972 to enable it to operate as a dispersal prison.

In April 1990, inmates at Long Lartin Prison attempted a mass breakout, and about 30 prisoners barricaded themselves on a landing after guards foiled their escape bid.[1] As a consequence of this and other security breaches like when inmate Gareth Connett was suspected of making a homemade handgun in the metal workshop in August 1992 which resulted in a full stand down search of Long Lartin. Prison officer's were drafted in from all around the country and many homemade weapons were found that had been manufactured in the metal workshop. Woodcock/Learmont reports, the establishment was further upgraded between 1995-97 to a maximum security prison.

In August 1998, the then Governor of Long Lartin, Jim Mullen claimed that mentally ill inmates at the prison faced unacceptable delays before being transferred to appropriate hospital accommodation. Mullen stated that up to 20 of his 379 inmates should have been in secure hospital accommodation, after a report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons called for action to speed up the movement of prisoners in need of specialist care.[2]

A supermax segregation unit (the biggest in Europe) & a new residential wing called Perrie Wing was opened at Long Lartin in June 1999, designed to hold the most violent and dangerous types of offenders. The new wing substantially increased the capacity of Long Lartin Prison.

A November 2003 inspection report from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons stated that Long Lartin Prison was generally safe for inmates and offered good staff-prisoner relations and reoffending work. However the report also cited serious deficiencies at the prison in areas such as race relations, the overloaded and understaffed drug treatment team, and too many prisoners being locked up instead of in work.[3]

On the evening of 11 October 2017, during a disturbance on E wing, staff had to retreat. Ten Tornado teams, prison officers equipped and trained to deal with riots, resolved the disorder. At the time two-thirds of inmates were serving life sentences, and in common with other prisons Long Lartin had had staffing cuts of about 20%.[4][5]

The prison today[edit]

As of 2017 Long Lartin is a 622 capacity Category A prisoner jail.[5]

There are eight main residential units at the prison for sentenced inmates. Two other residential units were demolished and the construction of a replacement purpose built two wing 180 house block has been now been completed.[citation needed] ..

There were two murders at the prison since 2014. In October 2017 riot officers were needed over a serious disturbance when 81 prisoners attacked staff with pool balls and forced them to retreat. In January 2018 inspectors considered the prison stable and well controlled. In June 2018 there was a report that the prison's governor needed hospital treatment and spent weeks off work after a prisoner had attacked her. On September 30, 2018 a disturbance broke out and 6 prison officers were injured, three had head injuries, two had suspected broken jaws and one had a fractured arm according to the Prison Officers' Association. The disorder ended around 17.30, 7 prisoners were put into isolation and will be moved to other prisons.[6][7]

Notable inmates[edit]

Martin Evans of The Daily Telegraph described Long Lartin as one of the UK's "top security jails", and that the prisoners included "some of Britain's most notorious".[8]

  • Ben Geen, a former nurse who since 2006 is serving 30 years (17 concurrent life sentences) for 15 charges of grievous bodily harm and 2 of murder. He still claims to be innocent of all these crimes.
  • Christopher Halliwell who was convicted of murdering two women and is believed to have murdered more.[9]
  • Nathan Matthews, sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 33 years for the Murder of Becky Watts.[10]
  • Crazy Titch, grime MC who is serving a minimum of 30 years for murder.[11]
  • Steve Wright, serial killer who is serving a life sentence for the murder of five women in 2006.[12]

Former inmates[edit]


  2. ^ "UK | Mentally ill prisoners face 'unacceptable delays'". BBC News. 1998-08-17. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  3. ^ "UK | England | Hereford/Worcs | Prison has race problems". BBC News. 2003-11-18. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  4. ^ "Long Lartin: Prison staff 'attacked with pool balls'". BBC News. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b Harrison Jones, Kevin Rawlinson (12 October 2017). "Riot officers quell disorder at Long Lartin high-security prison". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ Long Lartin prison: Six officers hurt in disorder BBC
  7. ^ Long Lartin prison: six officers injured in disturbance The Guardian
  8. ^ a b Evans, toMartin (2016-06-20). "Child killer beaten to death in prison". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  9. ^ Lewis, Tim (25 June 2017). "'How I caught a serial killer – and lost my career in the police'". The Observer. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
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  13. ^ a b Dominic Casciani (2012-10-05). "BBC News - Abu Hamza to be extradited to US". Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  14. ^ "BBC News - Subhan Anwar: Two charged with killing child murderer". 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  15. ^ "Murder most foul, but did he do it?", The Times, 18 March 2001; courtesy link to, scroll to the end to see the editorial.
  16. ^ "ENGLAND | Animal activist dies on hunger strike". BBC News. 2001-11-05. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
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  18. ^ "Stranica ne postoji | 404 | Avaz | Online izdanje". Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  19. ^ "Marina drugs row killer set to appeal". Liverpool Daily Post. 23 September 2002. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Home". BBC News. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
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Coordinates: 52°06′30″N 1°51′13″W / 52.1084°N 1.8535°W / 52.1084; -1.8535