Inmate charged with murder over HMP Altcourse prisoner death

HMP Altcourse Image copyright Sue Adair
Image caption Police were called to the prison at 11:00 GMT on Friday

A prisoner has been charged with the murder of another inmate.

Keir Michael, 41, is accused of killing Darren Ashcroft, 35, at HMP Altcourse in Fazakerley, Liverpool. He died in hospital on Friday.

A 32-year-old man, held on suspicion of murder and a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released on police bail and returned to prison.

Police said Michael will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday.

Last month a prison inspection report said gang rivalries and drugs had caused rising levels of violence at the prison.

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