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Anuj Bidve killer Kiaran Stapleton tried to take chaplain hostage

Kiaran Stapleton
Image caption Stapleton was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in July for shooting Anuj Bidve

The man serving life for the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve has attempted to take a prison chaplain hostage, the BBC understands.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, who is serving a life sentence for Mr Bidve's murder, made the attempt at Full Sutton prison, York, on 30 November.

He was overpowered by prison guards after attacking the chaplain with a pen during worship.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said police had been notified.

Stapleton was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in July for shooting Mr Bidve, 23, on 26 December 2011.

He had an appeal against his minimum tariff rejected by the Court of Appeal a week before the attack at the prison.

It is believed that the chaplain pressed a panic button as soon as Stapleton attacked him, notifying guards of the assault.

No-one was hurt in the incident.

Full Sutton prison is a maximum security prison for men in category A and category B and is described by the Ministry of Justice as housing "some of the most difficult and dangerous criminals in the country".

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