Charles Bronson ‘living in nerves’ after bust-up with notorious murderer

Charles Bronson ‘living in nerves’ after bust-up with notorious murderer

Charles Bronson was involved in punch-up notorious murderer Robert Donaldson

Britain’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson is ‘living on nerves’ following an alleged bust-up with a fellow inmate in jail.

The infamous prisoner was said to have been involved in an incident with murderer Robert Donaldson at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, a week ago.

Bronson’s ex-wife, Irene Dunroe, said she was ‘gutted’ to hear about it.

Irene, who shares a son with the long-serving prisoner, says Bronson is ‘living on nerves, waiting for the next thing to happen’.

She added that he has always kept ‘well away’ from Donaldson.

The mum-of-three has questioned whether it might impact Bronson’s next parole hearing in March 2025.

Irene, 71, and Bronson, 71, divorced in 1976 but stayed in touch – and met up for the first time in 50 years last August.

Bronson’s ex-wife Irene Dunroe says the prisoner is nervous the incident will affect his upcoming probation (Picture: SWNS)

Irene, an Ann Summers worker from Brimstage, Wirral, Merseyside, said: ‘I’m gutted as I’d love to see him out.

‘As far as we’re concerned, we’re still living in that time he went away. I just want peace and mind for our son – his mum will be gutted about this too.

‘He suffers with PTSD and he’s never known over the years who’s going to come and jump on him.

‘When I went to visit him I reached out to touch him and you would have thought I’d burnt him the way he reacted, it was very upsetting.

The infamous criminal has been behind bars since the 1970s (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

‘He’s always kept well away from this man.

‘He’s living on his nerves anyway, just waiting for the next thing that’s going to happen to him.’

Prior to the incident, Irene was feeling confident that Bronson would finally secure his release at his next parole hearing.

She said: ‘I know he’ll be really devastated.

‘His parole was next year and it was practically 99% sure he’d get it.

‘He’s been good for over six years and I’m gutted for him – it’s upsetting.

‘We all thought he’d get it last time. It was looking very good for March next year.

Bronson hopes to finally be released next year (Picture: Collect)

‘This is just a big hiccup.’

Irene visited Bronson in August to talk in person for the first time in almost five decades after exchanging phone calls and letters.

And he showed his affection last Christmas by sending her a hamper – complete with a big gold bow.

But in recent months, communication has stalled.

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Irene said: ‘I haven’t spoken to him for a few months as we’ve had a little bit of a falling out.

‘But this is him all over – I know what he’s like, he’s very stubborn.

‘I feel sorry for him. I’m sure we’ll be talking again soon.

The HM Prison Service declined to comment.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said they had no record of the incident having been reported to them.

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