Prisoners serving life sentences are keeping budgies and cockatiels for comfort in their cells, it has emerged.

The inmates, many of whom are notoriously dangerous, bought the birds with their own money and have been allowed to keep them for company.

As many as 19 prisoners at a Category A prison in Durham – which includes murderers and rapists – have the pets.

Reported by the Mail Online. You can read the full story here. 

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