Former Kingston Council leader Derek Osbourne moved to Brixton prison

Former Kingston Council leader Derek Osbourne has been moved to Brixton prison

Former Kingston Council leader Derek Osbourne has been moved to Brixton prison

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Disgraced former council leader Derek Osbourne has been moved to a prison plagued by drugs, bullying and intimidation.

The ex-politician, who was sentenced to two years in prison in October for possessing and distributing thousands of indecent images of children, has been moved from Wandsworth prison to category C Brixton.

Famous former inmates include Mick Jagger, philosopher Bertrand Russell, rapper Giggs and former Labour leader George Lansbury.

The cells were vermin- infested and plagued by gang violence when chief inspector for England and Wales Anne Owers visited in 2008.

The prison is for inmates who are considered unlikely to try to escape, but who cannot be trusted in a category D or open prison.

It houses up to 798 prisoners across four residential units.

Surrey Comet:

Brixton prison, where Derek Osbourne is now incarcerated

Facilities include a gym, which offers a range of accredited physical education programmes, and a newly refurbished learning and skills centre.

But a 2013 annual report by the Independent Monitoring Board said there were drugs, gambling and intimidation inside.

The report said: “Brixton’s accommodation is old, and of poor standard, from a lack of historic capital investment.

“A major concern for the board this year has been the availability of illicit drugs, mobile phones and other items of contraband.

“This has led to gambling, indebtedness, bullying and intimidation, resulting, in some areas, in a significant deterioration of the generally harmonious regime in the prison.”

Most prisoners share a cell with bunk beds, with an uncovered and sometimes unscreened toilet.

In 2012, it was the setting of chef Gordon Ramsay’s television show Gordon Behind Bars, where he taught inmates to cook.

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