Serial killer Levi Bellfield nearly lost an eye when he was brutally attacked by a fellow inmate.
Bellfield, who is serving a whole life sentence for murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler and two young women, had his face slashed by a home-made weapon, The Mirror reports.
The 48-year-old former bouncer allegedly fought off another prisoner who lunged at him with the shank.
Bellfield sustained a ‘nasty’ cut over his left eye and it’s believed that he managed to narrowly escape serious injury.
Police are now investigating the assault which took place in a top security unit at Durham’s Frankland Prison.
This facility houses some of the most country’s most dangerous and notorious inmates, which includes the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and Ian Huntley.
An insider told The Sun:
The blade narrowly missed his left eye and left a nasty cut which will leave some scarring. But he was lucky it wasn’t much worse. The police are involved but Bellfield has apparently refused to make a statement and says he will sort it out in his own way.
Bellfield was convicted at the Old Bailey in 2011 of the murder of Milly, 13, back in 2002.
He snatched her off the street while she was on her way from school to her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Three years earlier in 2008 he was jailed for the South West London hammer murders of students Amelie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell, as well as the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy, 18.