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09/07/2013 02:40 BST | Updated 09/07/2013 02:42 BST

April Jones Murder: Mark Bridger Attacked In Prison

Mark Bridger being taken from court
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Mark Bridger being taken from court

Child killer Mark Bridger, who abducted and murdered five-year-old April Jones, has been attacked in prison.

Bridger, who is serving a life sentence, was slashed across the face with a makeshift blade by a fellow inmate at HMP Wakefield on Sunday, The Sun reported.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was given stitches, the newspaper said.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "A prisoner from HMP Wakefield was taken to hospital on 7 July. The incident is being investigated by the police."

Bridger kidnapped April before sexually abusing her, murdering her and then disposing of her body last October.

He was given a whole life sentence in May by trial judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams after a jury took four hours to find him guilty following a month-long trial.

April had been playing with friends close to her home on the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid-Wales when Bridger enticed her into his car.

Following his arrest, officers found numerous indecent images on his computer.