Jack Tweed held in secure jail cell

Reality TV star Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed is being held in a secure jail cell at Chelmsford prison after prison officers became concerned for his wellbeing

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Jack Tweed held in secure jail cell

Jack Tweed has been placed in a secure jail cell, amidst fears he could be set upon by prison thugs.

The widower of reality TV star Jade Goody is said to be terrified he will be tormented in Chelmsford prison, Essex - where he started a 12 week term on Tuesday (14.04.09) for assaulting a taxi driver - because of his fame.

Jack, 21, is being held in the jail's healthcare wing - said to be its safest area - which is usually home to those thought to be most at risk of self harm.

A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "He's been through some terrible weeks and the bosses don't want to take any risks with him.

"There are genuine concerns he could be targeted, it's the sort of thing the tough guys would brag about to their mates.

"The last thing the governor wants is for someone like Jack with a high media profile to take a shoeing."

Prisoners are said to have already hatched a plot to try and get the part-time model hooked on the drug crack cocaine. They reportedly tried to force him to smoke a drug pipe during a previous stay at the jail, when he was convicted of assaulting a teenager with a golf club last year.

The source added: "He was held down as thugs threatened to put a crack pipe in his mouth to get him hooked."

A prison spokesperson said: "We cannot comment on individual prisoners. Those who are deemed vulnerable during their period in custody will be managed accordingly."

The officer added any prisoners who feel at risk can apply to be separated from the rest of the population.

Jack is expected to be moved to a different prison in the next week.

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