Inside plush prison where killer stepmum Emma Tustin is ‘scared for her life’

The privately run prison where brutal child killer Emma Tustin will serve her near three-decade jail sentence has pastel-pink 'homely' cells and televisions for all inmates, it has been revealed.

The 32-year-old was sentenced to a minimum of 29-years at HMP Peterborough earlier this month for the murder of her six-year-old step-son Arthur Labinjo-Hughes at the family home in Solihull.

During the trial, the court heard that Tustin tried to take her own life during the trial by taking an overdose, and attempted to hang herself to avoid facing punishment for murdering Arthur.

It was discovered last week that she had been moved into a unit for inmates with “complex needs”, which means that she has no contact with fellow prisoners, including when she eats, exercises and washes.

The urgent protection measures came after a message shared nearly 50,000 times online called on them to "make her life hell", with inmates from her time in custody saying they laced her meals with salt as revenge for poisoning her child with the condiment.

Now it has emerged that in addition to allowing them to decorate their cells, prisoners at Peterborough are also given pedometers to help them control their weight, and televisions to keep them entertained.

In March it was visited by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons which concluded it was 'safe, calm and well-ordered', despite some need for improvements at the time.

Describing the living conditions the report seen by BirminghamLive said: "Women were able to personalise their cells, which they appreciated, and many we saw were painted in bright colours, which women said made them feel more homely.

"There was sufficient space for women who shared cells that were designed for two people, but for the small number who shared cells designed for one person, living conditions were cramped.

"Toilet screening was inadequate, especially in shared cells."

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The report included a picture of a one cell painted pink, with pink curtains and a pink heart decoration hanging in the corner. Another image showed a pastel-themed double cell with yellow and pink walls and a blue storage unit.

There was no detail provided as to whether even the most serious category of offenders were granted the privilege of personalising their living spaces.

HMP Peterborough opened in March 2005 and is run by Sodexo Justice Services, which boasts it is the 'only purpose-built prison in the country to accommodate both male and female residents, who are kept separate at all times'.

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