Boy George in Suffolk prison?

POP star Boy George - who was jailed for falsely imprisoning a male escort - has been moved to a Suffolk prison to see out the rest of his sentence, it is claimed.

Laurence Cawley

POP star Boy George - who was jailed for falsely imprisoning a male escort - has been moved to a Suffolk prison to see out the rest of his sentence, it is claimed.

It is reported that George O'Dowd, better known as the former lead singer of The Culture Club Boy George, is currently at the Category C jail Edmunds Hill, near Bury St Edmunds, having been moved from the tough Pentonville Prison in London.

The 47-year-old was sentenced to 15 months earlier this month at Snaresbrook Crown Court for falsely imprisoning the Norwegian escort Audun Carlsen and beating him with a chain.

It has also been reported that Boy George might be free after just four months of his sentence.

The Ministry of Justice last night declined to confirm or deny Boy George's whereabouts saying: “We don't comment on the location of prisoners”.

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But it is understood Boy George was moved to Edmunds Hill amid claims he might have been targeted by other inmates because of his sexuality.

If he is currently at the Suffolk jail, he would be the latest in a long line of famous people to serve time at the 366-inmate prison.

The site's most notorious inmate was the moors murderer Myra Hindley, who was moved to Highpoint Prison when it had a women-only wing, which is now Edmund Hill, from Holloway Prison in London.

The 60-year-old killer, convicted with her boyfriend Ian Brady of the sexual torture and murder of children, died at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury in 2002 of respiratory failure.

More recently, Edmunds Hill has been in the headlines when Blake Fielder-Civil, partner of Amy Winehouse, was jailed there last year after assaulting a outside a pub in East London and plotting to bribe him with �200,000 not to testify.

Between 1938 and 1970, the prison site was an RAF base. It was then used as a transit camp for Ugandan Asian refugees, before opening in 1977 as a prison.

In 1997, the northern part of Highpoint was converted to hold women prisoners and in 2001, Highpoint North and Highpoint South were formally separated. In 2003, Highpoint North was renamed HMP Edmunds Hill.

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