Thug who has spent four decades behind bars
CHARLES Bronson was first locked up for seven years for an armed robbery that netted him just £26, at the age of 22 in 1974.
In his four decades inside he has attacked more than 20 prison guards and other inmates, taken hostages in at least ten prison sieges and cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds in damage.
He also served portions of his sentence in secure hospitals, including Broadmoor in Berkshire, where he staged his first roof top protest in 1982. A fitness fanatic, he was eventually released in 1987 and began a career in illegal bare knuckle boxing in London’s East End.
But he was free for just 69 days before being returned to jail for robbing a jewellery shop for a ring for his then girlfriend.
He pleaded guilty to armed robbery in June 1988 and was jailed for seven years. He was released again in November 1992 but in September 1993 he was found guilty of conspiracy to rob and possession of a shotgun, for which he received another eight years.
He was subsequently handed a discretionary life sentence with a three-year minimum tariff for kidnapping Phil Danielson, a prison art teacher, in 1999. Bronson kept him ‘leashed like a dog’ for almost two days after he criticised one of the convict’s drawings.