Charles Bronson says ‘he’s now man of peace and should go to cushy jail’

Charles Bronson says he is now a man of peace and should be sent to a cushy jail.

The 67-year-old, dubbed Britain’s most violent prisoner, claims he has seen “the error of my ways”.

He is now hoping to convince parole officers he is safe enough to eventually be sent to an open jail.

He has spent the last 44 years in prison, more than 20 of them in isolation.

He is currently in HMP Woodhill, near Milton Keynes, Bucks, in a high-security close-supervision centre designed for the most disruptive and dangerous prisoners.

Speaking via his lawyer, Bronson said: “I have seen the error of my ways. I am sick of being behind closed doors and 20ft walls.

“The public need to see and hear that I am no longer a violent man and I have proven it and will continue to.”

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Bronson’s legal team is planning to appeal to the High Court this month in a bid to have his next parole hearing held in public. Lead lawyer Dean Kingham said: “He’s not been violent for a number of years now.

“He’s now at an age where on his account he’s recognised the error of his ways and wants to move through the system.”

Bronson wants to eventually serve out his time in an open prison where security is far more relaxed.

Mr Kingham added: “One of the options open to the parole board is to recommend him progression to open conditions.

“The parole board can now make a provisional decision for release or recommend someone to open conditions, but the Secretary of State isn’t bound by that recommendation.”

Bronson also believes that if his parole hearing takes place in public and is held in a crown court, he will be able to show he is no longer a threat.

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The prisoner, originally named Michael Gordon Peterson, was born in Luton, Beds, and indulged in petty crime from a young age.

He joined a gang of robbers at the age of 13 and had several suspended sentences before he was given his first jail term of seven years for armed robbery when he was 22.

His time in jail has been extended many times by episodes of violence behind bars. In total, Bronson has taken hostages in 10 prison sieges and attacked at least 20 prison officers.

He was released in 1987 and began boxing in the East End of London, changing his name to Charles Bronson after the late movie star.

After just 69 days of freedom he was once again jailed for armed robbery in 1988, for seven years.

In 2014, he changed his name to Charles Salvador, after Salvador Dali.

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