Prison guards have been told to play Wii computer games with Soham monster Ian Huntley in a bid to stop him killing himself.
They have also been instructed to call the murderer by his first name – and treat him like family.
Bosses issued the order because Huntley has tried suicide three times since getting life in 2003 for killing ten-year-old schoolpals Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
And they fear he will try again unless they keep him sweet.
So taxpayers have picked up the bill to put a £179 Nintendo Wii console in Huntley's cell at Frankland Prison in Co Durham.
And warders will join him in games which require players to replicate real-life actions in sports like tennis, golf and fishing.
A jail source said: "Huntley has been asking for a Wii for months.
"When he moved to Frankland in February he was given a Nintendo Game Cube – but after only a few weeks he began complaining it was out of date.
Yeah, it sucks when child-killers don't get good consoles.
Can anyone in the UK source this better?
Let me add that prison abuse is a serious issue, and I would not mock measures calculated to force guards to treat prisoners like human beings. But that does not necessarily require chumminess. And I see no reason that any prisoner should get a console.
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