The ringleader of a child grooming gang has been left scarred for life in a prison knife attack, it has been reported.
Ahdel Ali, 31, required 40 stitches after being injured in an attack by another inmate using a makeshift knife at Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, the Sun reported.
Ali, who is serving 18 years in prison for running a child sex gang in Telford, Shropshire, was left with a deep wound from his neck to his shoulder and was taken to hospital, the newspaper said.
Sources told the newspaper the attacker used two razor blades in a strip of cardboard to attack Ali on October 21.
One said the attack happened after a row between Ali and another inmate.
The source told the Sun: “Ali and the other lad had a bit of a ruck earlier in the day.
“Prison officers split them up but they were still furious with each other. The other inmate went back to his cell later on and it had been covered in excrement.
“He flipped, blamed Ali and went straight back for him with the blade. It was a really nasty wound – Ali lost a lot of blood.
“He went to hospital and had around 40 stitches before being taken back to prison.”
Ali was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2013, while his brother Mubarek, 35, was given a 14-year sentence. The pair sold teenage girls, some as young as 13, for sex above an Indian restaurant in Telford after grooming them.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “A prisoner at HMP Wakefield was assaulted on October 21 by a fellow prisoner and this is now being investigated by police.”