A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a prisoner at HMP Belmarsh.
A 36-year-old inmate was found with severe head injuries and rushed to hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday. He died on Wednesday.
Two 28-year-old men, also inmates of the prison, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 20:00hrs on Tuesday, 18 February to reports of an assault within the prison facility.
“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the location where a 36-year-old man was found with head injuries.
“The injured man was taken to hospital in a critical condition where he later died on the evening of Wednesday, 19 February. His next of kin are aware.
“A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.
“Two men, both aged 28, who are also inmates at the prison, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. They have been remanded in custody in connection with the incident pending further enquiries.”
The motive for the murder is currently unclear, but officers are ‘keeping a open mind’ during the investigation, according to DCi Richard Leonard.