One-eyed police killer Dale Cregan has gone on hunger strike in an apparent bid to be moved from his current prison near York to another prison.
The 30-year-old was jailed for life in June for the ruthless murders of two unarmed policewomen and a father and son.
He is now refusing food at HMP Full Sutton, reportedly in an attempt to get transferred to Strangeways prison in Manchester.
Jonathan Reynolds, Stalybridge and Hyde MP, told the Daily Mirror he believes Cregan is just trying to grab people’s attention.
Mr Reynolds said: “He is clearly proud of the reputation he has gained and this is now one of the few ways he has of getting the attention that he craves.
“Hopefully he will be dealt with accordingly and can get right back to serving his sentence in whichever way the authorities see fit.”
Strangeways is closer to the notorious gangster’s hometown of Droylsden, Greater Manchester, and his family.
He is currently believed to be in segregation at Full Sutton to shield him from ongoing safety threats, with reports suggesting there is an underworld reward of £20,000 for anyone who damages his remaining good eye.
A Prison Service spokeswoman refused to comment on Cregan’s status or condition, but added: “We take food refusal extremely seriously.
“If a prisoner chooses to refuse food for any reason, the Prison Service works with healthcare staff to monitor their physical and mental health.
“Prisoners who are considered mentally capable are entitled to refuse health interventions, provided they fully understand the consequences of their decision.”
Cregan lured Pcs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, to their deaths in a horrifying gun and grenade attack on September 18 last year.
He had gone on the run days before killing David Short, 46, last August after gunning down his son, Mark, 23, at the Cotton Tree Pub in Droylsden three months earlier.
The manhunt reached a ghastly conclusion when Cregan ambushed the constables following a bogus 999 call to a house in Abbey Gardens in Hattersley.
He was given a whole life sentence at Preston Crown Court in June.
Mark Leech editor of Converse the national newspaper for prisoners said the chances of a move to Manchester Strangeways for Cregan were ‘virtually nil.’
“Hunder strikes are a frequent occurance in prisons but are never successful – the Prison Service cannot be seen to bend to such pressure.
“Cregan is a whole life tariff Category A prisoner – a move for someone of that category to Manchester Strangeways, for anything more than a couple of months for perhaps accumulated visits, is virtually nil.”