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Welcome to HMP Belmarsh with Ross Kemp features violent cellmates Lee Sales and Patrick Molloy

Two of Kent's most violent criminals are sharing a cell at one of Britain's toughest prisons - where one has joked his time inside is "light work".

Lee Sales and Patrick Molloy are locked up at HMP Belmarsh, which has housed notorious inmates such as child murderer Ian Huntley, far-right activist Tommy Robinson and the killers of Lee Rigby.

Lee Sales (left) and Patrick Molloy are cellmates at HMP Belmarsh. Pic: ITV
Lee Sales (left) and Patrick Molloy are cellmates at HMP Belmarsh. Pic: ITV

The pair have featured in a documentary this week, telling TV hardman Ross Kemp about their time behind bars.

Molloy, 30, was jailed for 10 years last March for knocking down a woman in his car at a Gravesend caravan park before reversing over her twice as she lay injured on the ground.

He was cleared of attempted murder but convicted of GBH with intent.

A detective said he showed "extreme and uncontrollable levels of violence" against his defenceless victim, but despite the gravity of his crimes, he tells Kemp: "It is what it is. I'm doing 10 years. It's light work though, light work."

He spoke to the ex-EastEnders actor as camera crews were given unprecedented access to the prison for Welcome to HMP Belmarsh with Ross Kemp, a two-part documentary for ITV.

Patrick Molloy reversed over a woman as she lay injured on the ground. Pic: ITV
Patrick Molloy reversed over a woman as she lay injured on the ground. Pic: ITV
Patrick Molloy has been jailed for 10 years
Patrick Molloy has been jailed for 10 years

Molloy was interviewed in his cell alongside Sales, who was jailed in 2018 for 16 years after carrying out two violent house raids in Sheerness armed with a fake handgun.

In the second burglary, a dad was hit over the head with a hammer and stabbed in the chest, while his family were threatened by Sales and an accomplice.

They were both convicted of aggravated burglary, possession of an imitation firearm, robbery and assault.

Sales, 35, tells Kemp: "My first parole is 2028, and if not then it'll be 2033.

"My daughter is 16 on Friday and they're in Benidorm now. It does kill you.

Lee Sales was jailed for 16 years for violent house burglaries. Pic: ITV
Lee Sales was jailed for 16 years for violent house burglaries. Pic: ITV
Lee Sales is not due for parole until 2028
Lee Sales is not due for parole until 2028

"But what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and if you ain't strong in here, things happen."

Molloy echoes the thoughts of his cellmate when asked how the pair cope inside the London prison.

"The human body is built to adapt," he says. "You don't realise that until you get yourself in that situation. The body is actually stronger than you think.

"You have to survive don't you, you have to.

"You either fall apart or you get beaten - one of the two."

The pair share a joke with Ross Kemp. Pic: ITV
The pair share a joke with Ross Kemp. Pic: ITV

He earlier quips with Kemp: "Hopefully you're going to help us with the parole board."

The documentary also features the prison's only transgender inmate, Claire Darbyshire, who was found wandering around clifftops at Dover after suffocating her dad in what she claimed was a suicide pact.

She was treated by mental health teams in Canterbury before she was convicted of murder and jailed for life.

But she was given just a four-year minimum term after a judge accepted Darbyshire believed the killing was an act of mercy.

Watch the documentary on ITV Player.

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