Police-Killer Dale Cregan on Hunger Strike for Better Prison Conditions

August 26, 2013 Updated: August 26, 2013

Dale Cregan is isolated from other inmates for his own safety in the maximum-security prison HMP Full Sutton near York, England. Cregan, a one-eyed gangster, faces the threat of a 20,000-pound ($31,000) bounty placed by a rival gang on his good eye, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Cregan killed two unarmed police women in September 2012 and a father and son in an earlier attack last year. The Manchester Evening News reported Monday that Cregan is on a hunger strike to protest his isolation.

He wants to interact with other inmates and also wants to be moved to facilities closer to his family in Manchester.

Cregan was sentenced to life in prison in June for the murders of David Short, 46, and son Mark, 23, and policewomen Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32.

Sky News quotes a Ministry of Justice spokesperson: “We take food refusal extremely seriously. If a prisoner chooses to refuse food for any reason, the Prison Service works with healthcare staff to monitor their physical and mental health.

“Prisoners who are considered mentally capable are entitled to refuse health interventions, provided they fully understand the consequences of their decision.”

A local member of parliament, Jonathan Reynolds, told the Manchester Evening News: “Dale Cregan deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison and how he is held is a matter for the prison authorities.

“He is clearly proud of the reputation he has gained and this is now one of the few ways he has of getting the attention that he craves. Hopefully he will be dealt with accordingly and can get right back to serving his sentence in whichever way the authorities see fit.”