THE serial killer who murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler has been awarded a £4500 payout after being assaulted in prison.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it is "hugely disappointed" by the judge's decision. Former nightclub bouncer Levi Bellfield was attacked by a fellow prisoner with a makeshift weapon in 2009 at Wakefield Prison before he went on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Milly.

He is believed to have suffered minor injuries but launched legal action claiming prison staff should have protected him.

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Lawyers on behalf of the MoJ fought against his case for three years but they were forced to admit full liability at Durham County Court on Wednesday.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We are hugely disappointed Levi Bellfield was awarded £4500 by a judge."