HM Prison Long Lartin

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HMP Long Lartin
LocationSouth Littleton, Worcestershire
Security classAdult Male/Category A
Population500 (as of January 2022)
Managed byHM Prison Services
GovernorSteve Cross
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 Wychavon district in Worcestershire, England. It is operated by His 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 officers foiled their escape bid.[1] As a consequence of this and other security breaches, such as 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 officers were drafted in from all around the country and many homemade weapons were found that had been manufactured in the metal workshop. The establishment was further upgraded between 1995–97 to a maximum security prison.[citation needed]

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. There have been two murders at the prison since 2014.[citation needed]

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 30 September 2018 a disturbance broke out and six 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 at around 17:30, seven prisoners were put into isolation and will be moved to other prisons.[6][7] In September 2019 a disturbance occurred involving ten prisoners who temporarily took over a wing. One prison officer needed hospital treatment and specialist riot-trained prison officers were sent in.[8]

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".[9]

  • Vincent Tabak For the murder of Joanna Yeates. Tabak was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years
  • Ben Geen, a former nurse who since 2006 has been 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.[10]
  • Nathan Matthews, sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 33 years for the Murder of Becky Watts.[11]
  • Carl Dobson, grime MC who is serving a minimum of 30 years for murder.[citation needed]
  • Steve Wright, serial killer who is serving a life sentence for the murder of five women in 2006.[12]
  • Jake Fahri, is serving a life sentence, serving a minimum term of 14 years for the murder of 16 year old school boy Jimmy Mizen on 10 May 2008

Former inmates[edit]


  2. ^ "Mentally ill prisoners face 'unacceptable delays'". BBC News. 17 August 1998. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Prison has race problems". BBC News. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  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 News. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. ^ Busby, Mattha; Spring, Marianna (30 September 2018). "Long Lartin prison: six officers injured in disturbance". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Long Lartin prison: Disturbance ends after inmates take over wing". BBC News. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ a b Martin, Evans (20 June 2016). "Child killer beaten to death in prison". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. ^ Lewis, Tim (25 June 2017). "'How I caught a serial killer – and lost my career in the police'". The Observer. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  11. ^ Jessica Haworth (1 January 2017). "Becky Watts' stepbrother killer Nathan Matthews 'burned with boiling butter in prison'". Daily Mirror.
  12. ^ "Serial killer who strangled and choked prostitutes to die in high security Worcestershire prison". Birmingham Live. 21 November 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  13. ^ a b Dominic Casciani (5 October 2012). "Abu Hamza to be extradited to US". BBC News. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Subhan Anwar: Two charged with killing child murderer". BBC News. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Murder most foul, but did he do it?" Archived 3 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine, The Times, 18 March 2001; courtesy link to, scroll to the end to see the editorial.
  16. ^ "Animal activist dies on hunger strike". BBC News. 5 November 2001. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  17. ^ Erwin James. "Punishment is always the easy part". The Guardian.
  18. ^ "Marina drugs row killer set to appeal". Liverpool Daily Post. 23 September 2002. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  19. ^ Steffan Rhys (24 January 2014). "Ian Watkins moved to same prison as child killer Ian Huntley". Wales Online.

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