The paedophile who murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne has been attacked in his cell at a maximum security prison.
Roy Whiting, now 59, was understood to have been stabbed repeatedly with makeshift blades by two convicted murderers at HMP Wakefield.
It is the third time he has been attacked in prison following his incarceration in 2001 after being convicted of the abduction and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Sussex.
West Yorkshire Police released a statement saying its officers were called to the prison shortly after 7pm on Novembe 8 to a report a prisoner had been assaulted.
It said the injuries “were not life threatening” and an investigation was taking place.
However, he was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the upper body before being returned to his cell in a “stable” condition.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: “A prisoner at HMP Wakefield was attacked on Thursday evening and received hospital treatment.
“The prisoner is back in prison in a stable condition and the incident is being investigated by police.”
Sarah, who lived in Hersham, Surrey, disappeared from a cornfield near her grandparents’ home in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, in July 2000.
She had been playing hide and seek with her brothers and sister in a field before she slipped away into a country lane and was abducted by Whiting who was driving by in a white van.
Her body was found 17 days later in a field about 15 miles away near Pulborough.
Upon conviction, the trial judge, Mr Justice Richard Curtis, said he believed Whiting was “an evil man” and “a cunning and glib liar”.
He had a history of targeting children dating back to 1995 when he snatched a nine-year-old schoolgirl whom he subjected to a sexual assault.
In July 2011, Whiting was stabbed in the eyes at Wakefield jail by fellow inmate and convicted murderer Gary Vinter. Vinter admitted the attack.
In 2002, Whiting was attacked with a razor blade by another fellow inmate Rickie Tregaskis.