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Murder investigation launched after prisoner stabbed to death at Risley prison


A MURDER investigation has been launched after a 33-year-old prisoner was stabbed to death at Risley prison, Warrington last night (Tuesday).

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on on suspicion of murder following the death of 33-year-old inmate Stephen O’Donnell who received fatal stab wounds on HMP Risley’s E wing.

Cheshire Police confirmed a 33-year-old man was rushed to Warrington Hospital shortly after 7.30pm last night (January 22) following an assault at the prison, but later died.

A Cheshire Police statement said: “At 7.41pm on Tuesday, January 22, police were called to reports of an assault at HMP Risley in Warrington – a 33-year-old man was taken to Warrington Hospital, where he sadly died.

“Formal identification has not yet taken place, but his family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

“A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody assisting detectives with their enquiries.”

The Ministry of Justice have offered its ‘condolences’ to Mr O’Donnell’s family following his death.

A spokesman said: “HMP Risley prisoner Stephen O’Donnell was pronounced dead following an incident on Tuesday evening.

“Our condolences are with the friends and family of Mr O’Donnell, and it would inappropriate to comment further while there is an ongoing police investigation.”

HMP Risley is a Category C prison on Warrington Road, Risley.



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