report. Guards at Britain’s most secure prison have “lost control” amid fears that radical extremists are bullying other inmates into converting to Islam.
The claims will fuel concerns about the extent of radicalisation in prisons.
UK's Justice Secretary Michael Gove has already ordered an inquiry into prison extremism in response to fears that a surge in the number of terrorist convictions has led to increasing Islamist influence in some jails.
In December last year, Glyn Travis, assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said: “We have concerns that Islamist extremists are deliberately getting custodial sentences in order to target vulnerable prisoners. They are often clever and well educated and can brainwash young people.”
In 2014, it was claimed that Michael Adebolajo, one of Lee Rigby’s killers, was moved out of Belmarsh to stop him radicalising fellow inmates.
In an interview with IPT News regarding this situation, Patrick Dunleavy, the former deputy inspector general for New York State Department of Corrections and author of "The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism's Prison Connection" stated challenges posed by imprisoned radical Islamists are a global problem. Jihadists have an "uncanny ability" to flourish in prisons, he said.
"Until we acknowledge the threat and devise effective counter measures to address the problem the threat will continue to spread," Dunleavy said.