Britain’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has hit out at delays to his long-awaited public parole hearing – saying they have ruined his plans for Christmas dinner with his mum.
He initially hoped his ‘jam roll’ hearing would take place ahead of the festive period before his application was finally granted earlier this month. It now looks likely to take place sometime next year.
In a letter sent to WalesOnline from the high-security estate at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, Bronson called the set-back a ‘disgrace’, adding: ‘Jingle f**king b*****ks.’
He wrote: ‘I’ve given these hypocrites years of good behaviour and they’ve given me nothing back. It’s a disgrace and I’m sick of it.
‘Jingle f**king b*****ks, I say. But it is Xmas after all, so one must not be angry.’
Bronson, 69, who changed his name in 2014 to Charles Salvador after the artist Salvador Dali, previously told Metro he had his sights set on ‘a Guinness for Crimbo’ after lodging his application.
But in his latest letter, he writes: ‘I always say, “Never plan anything in prison unless it’s an escape”, because you’re just not in control of your own life.
‘This Xmas I was looking forward to dinner with my mother. I believed I had a good chance of squeezing out some jam roll (parole) on December 12 – but now that won’t happen ’til 2023.
‘That’s how this system “works” – they couldn’t run a p**s-up in a brewery. That’s why there are so many suicides inside and why the women left on the outside lose hope.’
He added: ‘Will I make it out for Christmas next year, who knows? But there’s one sure thing – I’ll get out of here one day and it won’t be in a body bag.’
Bronson is one of the UK’s most infamous and longest serving prisoners.
Born Michael Gordon Peterson in Luton, Bedfordshire, in 1952, he indulged in petty crime from a young age.
After receiving a several reprimands and suspended sentences, he was handed a seven-year sentence for armed robbery in 1974.
Aside from two brief stints of freedom, he has remained incarcerated ever since.
Bronson’s sentence began growing longer and he was switched between various prisons following attacks on guards and fellow inmates.
He was moved to Parkhurst psychiatric facility, where he befriended the Kray twins, in 1976.
Chronicling his subsequent spell at Broadmoor, Bronson described being in Ronnie Kray’s company as ‘like sitting with royalty’.
He staged one of his famous rooftop protests at the high-security psychiatric facility, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage before coming down when officials agreed to his demand for fish and chips, a mug of tea, and some apple pie and pink custard.
Bronson was released in 1987 but was back inside again just 69 days later following another armed robbery.
During that time, he began a short-lived career as a bare-knuckle boxer. He changed his name to Charles Bronson on the advice of his promoter.
He was freed again in 1992 and spent even less time outside, being arrested over a robbery conspiracy some 53 days later and given an eight-year stretch.
While on remand, he took a librarian hostage and told police to bring him an inflatable doll, a helicopter, and a cup of tea.
In 1996, he took two Iraqi hijackers and another inmate hostage at the high-security Belmarsh Prison and insisted they call him ‘General’.
Bronson told negotiators he would eat one of them before demanding a helicopter to Cuba, a cheese and pickle sandwich and an ice cream to end the stand-off.
That came two years after he held a deputy prison governor hostage and one before he kidnapped an art teacher who criticised one of his paintings.
Bronson was sentenced in 2000 to a discretionary life term with a minimum of four years for the latter offence.
Writing in his book ‘Bronson’, published that same year, he said: ‘I’m a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all my senses and become nasty. That doesn’t make me evil, just confused.’
Tom Hardy played him in the 2008 biopic of the same name which is loosely based on the hardman’s life.
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