Charles Bron­son’s ball and chain...

Corona­tion Street ac­tress mar­ries the most vi­o­lent in­mate in Bri­tain

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - By Liz Hull LOOKA­LIKE REAL THING

‘Con­ju­gal vis­its are banned’

BRI­TAIN’S most vi­o­lent pris­oner mar­ried his ac­tress girl­friend in a bizarre cer­e­mony be­hind bars yes­ter­day.

Charles Bron­son, 64, who has spent 41 years in jail, mar­ried Paula Wil­liamson, 37, inside Wake­field prison in West York­shire.

The cou­ple had been to­gether five months and had met just four times when the armed rob­ber popped the ques­tion in Fe­bru­ary. Miss Wil­liamson, who pre­vi­ously cor­re­sponded with Moors mur­derer Ian Brady, was driven to the wed­ding by a Bron­son look-a-like with a doc­u­men­tary crew in tow.

She wore a meringue-style bridal gown, with her face hid­den un­der a pur­ple blan­ket as she en­tered the prison gates.

It is un­der­stood Miss Wil­liamson, who played a nurse in Corona­tion Street and a strip­per in Em­merdale, has signed an exclusive photo rights deal with a Sun­day news­pa­per. A mo­bil­ity scooter driven by a woman dressed in a cream, pin­stripe suit, led the wed­ding pro­ces­sion.

A suit had been de­liv­ered for the groom ear­lier in the day. The con­vict, who has changed his name to Charles Sal­vador in trib­ute to his favourite artist Sal­vador Dali, was ap­par­ently even ‘ex­cited’ just to wear trousers with a zip.

Ac­cord­ing to Miss Wil­liamson, it will be the first time he has worn any­thing other than a prison-is­sue track­suit in over two decades. The pair were ex­pected to tie the knot at the prison’s Catholic chapel be­fore a hand­ful of wit­nesses. Other guests ar­rived in a black Saab em­bla­zoned with the words ‘Free Charles Sal­vador’ on the bon­net.

The cou­ple ex­changed rings with CPS en­graved on them – stand­ing for Char­lie and Paula Sal­vador– which, iron­i­cally, is also the acro­nym for the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice. Bron­son, who was set to be hand­cuffed to a guard dur­ing the twohour ser­vice, was also due to sur­prise Miss Wil­liamson with a song, as he did when he pro­posed by singing ‘My Way’.

Con­ju­gal vis­its are banned in Bri­tish jails so the cou­ple will not be able to con­sum­mate their mar­riage. But Miss Wil­liamson has de­clared she is ‘will­ing to wait’.

The ac­tress was driven away from the prison in a silver Mercedes with ‘Just Mar­ried’ bunt­ing taped to the boot.

Last night she cel­e­brated the wed­ding break­fast with fam­ily and friends, but with­out her new husband, at the three­star York House Ho­tel, close to the prison. She is also planning a ‘hon­ey­moon’ to Malta with­out Bron­son.

A bizarre sign, in which Bron­son urged young of­fend­ers to think twice be­fore em­bark­ing on a life of crime, was put up out­side the ho­tel.

The mes­sage, said there was ‘no glam­our’ in prison and urged peo­ple to say ‘no’ to crime for the sake of ‘your mum’.

Miss Wil­liamson, who be­gan writ­ing to the con­vict af­ter read­ing a book about his life in 2013, is the ca­reer crim­i­nal’s third wife. Orig­i­nally called Michael Peter­son, he first re­named him­self af­ter Death Wish ac­tor Charles Bron­son on the ad­vice of a box­ing pro­moter in the 1980s.

Charles Bron­son pic­tured in 2001 Shrouded: Miss Wil­liamson en­ters the prison un­der a pur­ple blan­ket Dressed to im­press: Bron­son’s new wife, Paula Wil­liamson. In­set: The happy cou­ple

The bride’s chauf­feur yes­ter­day

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