Islamic terrorists feel they are being bullied by staff at Thamesmead’s Belmarsh prison, according to inspectors.

A report into conditions in Belmarsh prison has revealed that black and ethnic minority prisoners reported feeling unsafe and being threatened and intimidated by staff.

According to the report, prisoners are also 'very dissatisfied' with the food at the prison.

HM chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick reported these issues may have been linked to gang and terrorism-related offences but the prison needed to do more to understand and address this.

His report states: "Too many prisoners reported feeling unsafe.

"Many felt victimised by other prisoners and a significant proportion of prisoners from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and muslim prisoners told us they had been intimidated by the staff."

Belmarsh holds a number of men for terrorism offences and Mr Hardwick believes the rigorous security required was likely to have affected its reputation.

He added: "The prison has not done enough to understand and address any links between these issues and provide assurance all groups were being treated equitably and the risk, safety and concerns of these groups were being effectively managed."

One particular prisoner had been held almost in isolation for more than four years due to the prison's policy of holding high risk category A prisoners separately in the High Security Unit.

The report states the environment in the High Security Unit remained limited and the regime poor, leaving prisoners with little opportunity to interact with others, which is having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.

Belmarsh is the only prison in the UK which holds category A prisoners separately.

The inspection also revealed since the arrival of young adults, levels of violence have increased.

Many incidents were minor and often related to verbal threats and intimidation, but there were three serious assaults on prisoners in the last and weapons finds.

Belmarsh has recently begun to hold remanded young adults who would previously have been held in a Young Offenders Institute.

Mr Hardwick's report states: "Levels of violence have increased since the arrival of young adults.

"The prison had not taken appropriate action to monitor or address effectively the issues presented by these prisoners."

National Offender Management Service chief executive officer Michael Spurr said: "The prison holds some very dangerous individuals but the governor and his team have worked hard to improve outcomes for prisoners whilst maintaining the security levels necessary to prevent escape and keep the public safe.

"As the report makes clear, there is more to do - particularly in expanding the purposeful activity and improving education outcomes.

"The governor has clear plans in place to further develop the prison and will use the recommendations in this report to support that process."