Soham murderer Ian Huntley was today admitted to hospital after he was attacked by a fellow prison inmate, the UK Ministry of Justice has said.
Huntley was attacked in Frankland Prison in County Durham, where he is serving two life sentences for murdering schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Reports suggested his throat had been slashed, but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: ``A prisoner at HMP Frankland was assaulted by another prisoner at about 3.25pm on Sunday March 21.
“The prisoner was taken to outside hospital for treatment. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.”
Huntley was convicted of murdering the girls, who were both 10, in December 2003 after they vanished from their homes in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in August 2002.
Today’s assault is not the first time Huntley has been attacked in prison.
An inmate threw boiling water on him while he was on the health care wing at the high-security Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire in September 2005.