A prisoner has admitted to the attempted murder of Soham killer Ian Huntley.

Damien Fowkes, 35, tried to cut Huntley's throat with a DIY weapon in Durham's Frankland Jail last year.

He also admitted to strangling child murderer Colin Hatch with torn up sheets at Full Sutton Prison near York in February 2011.

Appearing at Hull Crown Court Fowkes admitted to the attempted murder of Huntley and the manslaughter of Hatch due to diminished responsibility.

Fowkes attacked Huntley who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002, when both were working on on the healthcare wing of Frankland Prison

The court heard Fowkes used a home-made weapon from a razor and plastic knife to inflict “a severe gaping cut” to the left side of Huntley’s neck.

The court heard that as prisoner officers tried to help Huntley Fowkes asked one of them: “Is he dead? I hope so”.

When he realised he had failed to kill him, he said: “I wish I had”.

The prosecution said Fowkes showed "strong psychopathic traits" and had “expressed a particular hatred for child killers”.

Fowkes will be sentenced next week.