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The UK prison system is designed to be a place to deprive someone of their liberty for a period of time.
But there are some criminals who are so evil and depraved a judge will order that they should never be released from prison.
These men and women have committed such heinous crimes that they are deemed a danger to the public should they be released.
Some criminals are sentenced to “life” – which isn’t the same as a whole life tariff – and doesn’t mean they will spend their whole lives in prison.
With a life sentence there is usually a minimum term, whereby they will be eligible for parole.
But there are a select few people in the UK prison system who are lifers.
Here we take a look at some of the UK’s most depraved and evil criminals who will never be let out of prison.
Robert Maudsley, also known as Hannibal the Cannibal, is a serial killer who murdered four people – three of these were in prison after receiving a life sentence.
He was alleged to have eaten part of the brain of one of the men he killed, earning him the nickname The Brain Eater, among fellow prisoners.
Maudsley was jailed in 1977, and after the death of Moors Murderer Ian Brady, he became the longest-serving British prisoner.
John Childs is a serial killer from East London who killed six people, including a 10-year-old boy, between 1974 and 1978.
All six bodies were callously dismembered and burned, but none have been found.
He was jailed for life after pleading guilty to the murders of Terence Eve, Robert Brown, George Brett, Terry Brett, Frederick Sherwood, and Ronald Andrews in 1979.
Jeremy Bamber is a mass murderer who was convicted of the White House Farm killings in 1986.
Bamber, who was 24 at the time, was jailed for life for killing five members of his adopted family at their farmhouse in Essex.
He still claims to be innocent, but his conviction has been upheld repeatedly.
Bamber was given a whole-life tariff by the Home Secretary for shooting dead his step-parents, his sister and her two six-year-old sons Nicholas and Daniel.
John Duffy, also known as the Railway killer, attacked several women in the south of England during the 1980s.
He raped and murdered three before he was caught tanks to psychological profiling.
Duffy was initially convicted for two murders and seven rapes, which could have sen him paroled in 2018.
But later it was ruled that Duffy would be in prison for life.
After 12 years in prison Duffy admitted to killing a third woman, and implicated his schoolfriend David Mulcahy as an accomplice.
He was later jailed for life for three murders and seven rapes.
Rosemary West was convicted of murdering 10 women and girls at her home in Gloucester – including her daughter and step-daughter – between 1970 and 1987.
She committed the crimes with her husband, Fred West, who committed suicide in jail before he could stand trial for 12 murders.
Rosemary West maintained her innocence, though in September 2001 she announced she would not be appealing against her convictions.
Levi Bellfield, also known as The Bus Stop Stalker, murdered three young women in London and Surrey between February 2003 and August 2004.
In 2018 he was found guilty of murdering Marsha McDonnell and Amélie Delagrange and the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy.
In June 2011 he was found guilty of the murder of Milly Dowler.
On both occasions, the judge recommended that he should never be released from prison.
He is the only British serial killer to be sentenced to two whole life sentences.
Peter Sutcliffe, also known as the Yorkshire Ripper, is a serial killer who murdered 13 women and attacked seven others in the 1970s and 80s.
The 73-year-old was jailed in 1091, after police caught him with a 24-year-old prostitute.
He made a full confession to each attack to the police, even though they had only arrested him for having false number plates.
Sutcliffe is serving a whole life tariff, which was imposed in 2010, meaning he’ll never be released from jail.
Stephen Port, known as the Grindr Killer, is a serial killer who drugged, raped and killed four men in east London he had met on the gay dating app Grindr.
He was also convicted of raping four others, and was given a whole life tariff in 2016.
The former chef coaxed his victims to his home in Barking for sex, before giving them fatal doses of drugs.
Their bodies were found dumped in or near a graveyard within 500 metres of his house.
Arthur Hutchinson was the UK’s most wanted man in 1983 after he went on the run following a rape and murder spree.
He had gatecrashed a wedding reception in Sheffield, and stabbed to death the bride’s father, mother and brother before raping her sister at knifepoint.
Police labelled him the killer after getting a fingerprint from a bottle of champagne and a bite mark from a piece of cheese.
He was convicted in 1084, and was issued a whole life tariff by the Home Secretary.
Victor Miller assaulted and murdered a 14-year-old boy after abducting him on his paper round in Worcestershire in 1988.
He confessed to police after being arrested by police for an unrelated crime.
Police later revealed they suspected Miller of being responsible for almost 30 unsolved sexual assaults.
Miller was sentenced in 1988, and recommended to serve at least 25 years in prison.
However, Miller has asked to not be considered for release, and wants to die in prison.
Anthony Arkwright from South Yorkshire went on a killing spree in 1988 where he murdered three people – including his own grandfather.
The other two were his next-door neighbours.
He was convicted of all three murders and sentenced to life imprisonment the following year.
Mark Robinson murdered his girlfriend Patricia Anne Wagner at the age of 17.
When he was released in 1989, he met Sharon Morley, who he murdered in that same year.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment, which was later changed to a whole-life tariff.
Malcolm Green was jailed for life in 1971 for the brutal murder of a Cardiff prostitute.
He spent 18 years in prison before being released on parole in 1989.
Soon afterwards he bludgeoned to death a young tourist from New Zealand.
He then dismembered the body and wrapped it in plastic bags, before dumping it in different places along the road in Wales.
Green was given a whole life tariff by the Home Secretary.
Peter Moore, also known as The Man in Black because of his dark leather clothes, is a serial killer who murdered and mutilated four men “for fun”.
He killed his victims across Merseyside and North Wales during the winter of 1995.
Moore admitted the killings to police, but at the trial he blamed his fictional lover “Jason”.
He was convicted for his crimes and handed a whole life sentence.
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