"I'm coming home" - Britain's most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson says his parole hearing may be in June
Bronson believes his "excellent" reports could see him released after decades behind bars.
Notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has set his sights on release, stating that his public parole hearing could take place as early as June or July this year.
The 69-year-old former bare-knuckle boxer, once dubbed "the most violent prisoner in Britain", proudly declared "I'm coming home" during a new interview with The Mirror in which he revealed he does daily exercises to ensure he is as fit as can be when he leaves jail.
The prisoner - famously portrayed onscreen by star Tom Hardy in 2008 biopic Bronson - has spent more than four decades held in various prisons and is currently housed at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes.
“I’ve got my jam roll [parole] coming up. All my reports are excellent," Bronson told the paper.
“It’s looking good, it really is. I’m closer now to getting out than I have been in 30-odd years.
"Up to now there’s not a date, but it’s looking like June, July.
“I’m the first man in the British Isles to have a public parole hearing. All these decades I’ve done.”
Bronson - who recently changed his name to Charles Salvador in honour of the famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali - was first jailed in 1974 for armed robbery aged just 22.
In the years following, further time was added to his sentence due to a number of high-profile incidents including attacks on fellow prisoners and guards.
He has also held hostages during a number of sieges and has caused a reported £500,000 in damages during rooftop protests.
It is believed that Bronson has attacked at least 20 prison officers over the years and in 2014, he covered himself in Lurpak before going after 12 prison officials at Full Sutton jail.
He later admitted he had "lost it" because Arsenal had won the FA cup.
Reports suggest he has moved prisons more than 120 times over his 43-year stretch behind bars.
Still, Bronson - who now writes poetry and paints - is looking forward to getting out, telling the Mirror:
"When I go out on the yard that's my hour of freedom. I've got a big smile, I'm happy.
"I'm walking out as fit as the day I came in.
"I'm coming home."