Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris, who is serving a prison sentence for sex abuse offences, has been spat at in prison.

The 84 year-old former television personality was targeted during an incident at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire as he walked past a scuffle.

Fellow prisoners hurled abuse at Harris before one person stood up and spat in his direction.

A source told The Mirror: "There was one prisoner who looked like he wanted to make a name for himself and tried to spit at him. It didn't hit, but it got close. Then all of a sudden another guy came steaming in and a fight started.

"You could see Rolf was shocked by what happened," the source added.

News of the incident came as a spokesman for the Judicial Office announced that Harris has applied for permission to appeal against his conviction for indecent assaults of four girls aged between seven and 19.

Harris' lawyers have lodged documents at the Court of Appeal and a judge will now decide if his appeal will be allowed to progress to a full hearing.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeremy Wright decided not to refer Harris' sentence to the Court of Appeal despite 150 complaints that it was too lenient. Wright said he did not think judges would find the sentence unduly lenient and would be unlikely to increase it.

Harris was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison at Southwark Crown Court in June for historic sex abuse offences that took place between 1968 and 1986.

His victims include two girls in their early teens, a young autograph hunter, and his daughter's friend, whom he abused over several years.

The Metropolitan Police said it has received a number of allegations against Harris since his conviction, which are being investigated.

Since Harris' crimes surfaced, he has been stripped of a Bafta fellowship and a number of accolades in his native Australia. He also faces being stripped of his CBE.