18/05/2016 11:53 BST | Updated 18/05/2016 12:10 BST

Rolf Harris Is Making Didgeridoos Out Of Toilet Rolls In Prison

Paedophile Rolf Harris is enjoying the “therapeutic” benefits of making and playing his own instruments in prison.

Namely, the 85-year-old has reportedly started crafting didgeridoos in his cell at Stafford Prison out of cardboard toilet rolls.

The disgraced children’s performer, who was jailed in July 2014 for five years and nine-months for a string of sex attacks on girls as young as seven, has had several of the homemade pipes confiscated, but diligently continues to make them, using match sticks to hold them together.

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Rolf Harris was jailed in in July 2014 for five years and nine-months for a string of sex attacks on girls as young as seven

 A source told The Sun: “He sits in his cell and tries to play his home-made digeridoo. It’s not the real deal but it acts as a therapy for him.”

In March the Australian-born artist pleaded not guilty to seven new assault charges including an assault on a disabled woman in March.

Harris is said to also have developed a flair for table tennis and is still painting, with the walls of the prison reportedly adorned with his art.

The source added: “Prison really isn’t that bad for Rolf – he’s getting a lot of fulfilment out of the activities on offer and is no doubt doing a lot more than other pensioners his age.”

Gabrielle Shaw, Chief Executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) told the Huffington Post UK: “It seems that Rolf Harris is finding prison quite therapeutic and fulfilling through art work, table-tennis and illicit constructions of didgeridoos. 

"This pleasantry sits in stark contrast to the fact that this man is a prolific offender found guilty of numerous indecent assaults on girls over 17 years. 

The shamed children's entertainer often played the didgeridoo during public appearances 

"Even worse, he continues to deny his crimes and appeal against his sentence.  Not only his victims, but also the wider public, could be forgiven for the sour taste this leaves.  Yet more evidence of a sadly typical self-centred, victim-blaming abuser”.

Last year there was fury at the alleged special treatment the pensioner was being given in prison.

Harris is said to have enjoyed painting a large decorative mural at the prison and is even alleged to have written a song mocking his victims as money-grabbing “wenches”.

The father-of-one is known to be earning thousands from his cell every day thanks to a series of shrewd property investments, while by contrast his fellow inmates make £7 a day doing menial chores.