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The inmate allegedly beaten to death in Long Larten prison has been named as Sidonio TeixeiraGetty

A convicted child murderer has reportedly been found beaten to death in a prison in Worcestershire after a brutal attack in a jail workshop on Monday morning (20 June).

The victim – named in media reports as Sidonio Teixeira – died shortly after 9am at the maximum security Long Lartin prison near Evesham after suffering severe head injuries.

Another inmate, said to be notorious prisoner Victor Castigador, is currently being questioned for the alleged murder, according to The Sun.

Teixeira pleaded guilty in January 2007 to murdering his three-year-old daughter and attempting to murder his nine-year-old son.

His alleged attacker, Castigador, is a 62-year-old illegal immigrant from the Philippines who was jailed for life in 1990 after murdering two security guards during a robbery in Soho the previous year.

He tied up the guards and doused them in while spirit before locking them in a cage and throwing in lit matches. He is one of about 50 "whole life" prisoners in England and Wales who are unlikely ever to be released.

Teixeira's death is said to have followed a long-running dispute between the prisoners, Sky News reported.

HMP Long Lartin is a Category A prison which holds just over 600 inmates, with two-thirds serving life sentences.

A 2014 inspection found the prison to be "reasonably safe and respectful".

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "West Mercia Police can confirm an investigation is underway following the death of a male prisoner at HMP Long Lartin in Evesham.

"The incident is believed to have taken place this morning [Monday 20 June] at approximately 9am. A male prisoner, aged in his 60s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and currently remains in police custody."

Detective Inspector Paul Hardman, leading the investigation, added: "A thorough and robust investigation has been launched. These enquiries are in the early stages so we are unable to provide more information at this time."