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Charles Bronson tipped to become a ‘celebrity’ if released from prison

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Charles Bronson, 70, is tipped to become a “celebrity” on the outside if he is freed from jail after spending nearly 50 years incarcerated in the British prison system. The notorious criminal currently is being held at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes but is waiting on the verdict of a parole hearing which took place earlier this month to determine if he is ready for release.

Bronson was first jailed for seven years in 1974 after being convicted of armed robbery. But he repeatedly had additional years stacked onto his sentence because of his extreme violence.

He soon made a name for himself and became dubbed the most notorious prisoner in the UK.

According to a former staff member at HMP Wakefield who worked with Bronson as a prison officer in the 1990s but didn’t want to be identified for fear of “reprisals”, Bronson will “continue” to build on his brand on the outside.

He said: “If Charlie is released, I believe he will be immediately given celebrity status.

But the ex-prison officer and governor warned it will likely be “very difficult” for Bronson to adjust to his new life.

Bronson has spent much of his 48 years behind bars segregated from all other people. In HMP Wakefield, the former bare-knuckle boxer and category A prisoner resided in F Wing — a drab segregation unit at the time that also housed serial killer Robert Maudsley.

The former prison officer said: “He’s not going out to live in a three-bedroom house in the middle of Wandsworth, is he?

“That might be the wish, but I honestly do not think that is going to happen.”

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“He’s got to go and live somewhere but he ain’t going to be in a little house Charlie.”

“He’s going to be a celebrity, believe it or not, because the media will make him that.

“And other people will be cashing in on that celebrity status.

“So, A, can he handle release? Well, probably, maybe. But can he handle release under those circumstances… well just take that into consideration. It will be very difficult.”

Despite his warning about the issues posed by Bronson’s soon-to-be celebrity status, the ex-HMP Wakefield officer said the prisoner would be better on the outside than in a normal cell.

He said: “It would be quite dangerous in my opinion for him to go on normal location because so many people want to make a name for themselves.

“It would have to be extremely carefully managed.”

Another officer who was 21 when he worked with Charles Bronson agreed it would be “extremely” difficult for Bronson on the outside, but called for the release nevertheless.

He told the BBC: “I hope he does get released. I’d like to go and see him if at all possible”.

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