Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Robber Burned in Jail Attack; INMATE THROWS HOT FAT OVER FELLOW PRISONER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Robber Burned in Jail Attack; INMATE THROWS HOT FAT OVER FELLOW PRISONER

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Byline: By ROBPATTINSON and TOM MULLEN

ARMED robber Malcolm Cruddas was under hospital guard today after he was burned in a copycat attack at the same jail an al Qaeda bomber was targeted.

Cruddas suffered severe scalding to his head and upper body after being doused in hot fat at top security Frankland jail, Durham, on Wednesday night.

The 32-year-old, formerly of Carr Hill Road, Gateshead, was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he is still receiving treatment.

His mum Eleanor, of Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Gateshead, said: "Malcolm was sitting having his dinner when he had hot fat thrown on his neck, back and arm.

"He told us it was a terrorist who wanted to be moved and was causing trouble. Malcolm is in hospital and he is going to get a scan today to see if he needs a skin graft. He is there under guard."

A spokeswoman for the Prison Service said: "A prisoner at HMP Frankland was scalded in an alleged attack by another prisoner on Wednesday.

"He was taken to hospital for treatment for burns to his head and upper body. Police are currently investigating."

Northumbria Police have confirmed a prisoner from Frankland Prison is receiving treatment at the RVI, but said they had no involvement at this time.

Hospital staff said Cruddas had been in a comfortable condition through the night, but they were unable to say how long he would remain in hospital for.

Cruddas' sister Lisa Davidson, of North Tyneside, said: "I've been in to see Malcolm at the RVI. There were three security guards there.

"His skin is all bubbled up in blisters from his shoulders to his elbows. His head's double its normal size.

"He was just sitting eating when a tub of boiling fat from the kitchen was thrown on him.

"The fat went on the top of his head, down his neck and all the way down his arms and hands. …

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