A 61-year-old man has been charged with the murder of an inmate at a Worcestershire prison.

Victor Castigador, 61, of HMP Long Lartin, has been charged with murder following the death of a 59-year-old man at the maximum security prison on Monday morning (June 20).

He has been remanded in custody until his appearance at Worcester Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Wednesday).

The victim - confirmed by the Prison Service to be Sidonio Teixeria - suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene yesterday (Monday) morning.

Detective Inspector Paul Hardman, of West Mercia Police, is leading the murder investigation.

He said: "A thorough and robust investigation has been launched."

The incident took place at around 9am on Monday at the high security men's prison, in South Littleton.

According to reports by the national media, the victim was pronounced dead while prison staff waited for paramedics to arrive.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) confirmed it was called to a medical emergency at the jail shortly before 9.10am on Monday.

An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene and found the victim in cardiac arrest.

A WMAS spokesman said: "On arrival crews found a man in cardiac arrest.

"Crews immediately commenced advanced life support but unfortunately it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

A report by Sky News says the victim was attacked in a prison workshop while inmates began their daily routines.

Sky News also say the incident took place following what is thought to be a long-held dispute between two prisoners.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: "On Monday 20 June, prisoner Sidonio Texeira died at HMP Long Lartin.

"In addition to the police investigation, there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid-Worcestershire, said both the inmates and those who work in prisons need to feel that they are safe.

"I visited Long Lartin prison last year and I have met prison officers several times so I know what a great job they do in very difficult circumstances every day to try and keep themselves, prisoners and visitors safe.  

"As the investigation is in its early stages it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on this particular case, but more must be done to reduce violence in prisons generally."