hild sex offender killed in prison cell

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Police launched a murder inquiry yesterday after a prisoner was found dead in his cell at a maximum security jail.

The victim was named as 37-year-old Christopher James Smith from the Walsall area of the West Midlands, who was serving nine years at Long Lartin Prison, near Evesham, Hereford and Worcester, for sex offences against children. A post-mortem examination revealed that he died from severe head injuries.