Blackfriars Crown Court attack: Lorraine Barwell dies after being 'kicked and stamped during attack'

Lorraine Barwell, 54, was being treated at a London hospital

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A prison custody guard allegedly assaulted at Blackfriars Crown Court in London has died, officials have said.

Lorraine Barwell, 54, who worked for the contractor Serco, was attacked while escorting a prisoner between the courthouse and a waiting van parked outside it on Monday.

She was allegedly kicked and stamped during the incident.

Ms Barwell was treated by air ambulance at the scene before being taken to hospital. She was put on life support.

Her family reported asked for the treatment to be ended after it appeared that she would never recover.

Scotland Yard today said she had died.

Humphrey Burke, 22, of no fixed abode, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Wednesday accused of grievous bodily harm.

The Daily Mirror reports a former colleague, Dawn Newman, as saying that “Lorraine had said a guard would get killed because of lack of safety" at the job.

He was remanded to appear at the Old Bailey on 15 July.

Additional reporting by PA