The British Home Office was last night investigating reports that a fellow prisoner attacked Soham child killer Ian Huntley.
Huntley was held at knifepoint after being ambushed on his way back to his cell following a meal, the Sun reports.
The paper says the alleged attacked used a sharpened plastic knife and Huntley was forced to fight for his life to fend off the assault.
The incident comes a month after Huntley’s third failed suicide attempt, which left him in a drug-induced coma for 19 hours.
The Sun says Huntley has now been moved from his suicide-watch cell to another part of Wakefield Prison for his own safety.
The alleged attacker, who has not been named, claimed he was racially abused by the former school caretaker, who was convicted of the 2002 murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
A Home Office spokesman said: “A prisoner at HMP Wakefield has self reported an attack on himself by a prisoner with a knife.
“He has seemingly sustained no injuries.
“The alleged assailant has made a complaint that the alleged victim has made racist comments to him so a racist incident reporting form has been issued and the incident will be investigated.”