Belmarsh Prison

Belmarsh (HM Prison)

HM Prison Belmarsh is a high security prison in the Thamesmead area of the London Borough of Greenwich in south-east London. Operational since 2 April 1991, the facility can hold 915 prisoners.

It is often used for the detainment of prisoners for terrorist related offences. In September 2006 the number of such prisoners was 51.

Between 2001 and 2005 the prison was used to detain a number of people indefinitely without charge or trial under the provisions of the Part 4 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, leading it to be called the "British version of Guantanamo Bay. The law lords later ruled that such imprisonment was discriminatory and against the Human Rights Act

The governor of Belmarsh Prison is Philip Wragg, governor since May 2008.

It was built on part of the East site of the former Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. It is adjacent/adjoined to Woolwich Crown Court, which is therefore used for high profile cases (including those concerning national security).

On May 4, 2007, there was a violent disturbance in the prison, Sky News reported. At least four prison guards were injured.

Notable detainees

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External links

readers digest. 'tracking the fox' august 1998

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