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A violent and dangerous member of one of Britain’s most notorious families died in prison after catching Covid, a report revealed. 

John Pitt, 53, hit the headlines when his family were dubbed Britain’s ‘worst neighbours’ and featured in a Channel 4 documentary about their behaviour.

He was serving an indefinite sentence from 2009, after he had tied his former partner to a chair and tried to gouge her eyes out, when he caught the viral illness and died in hospital last year.

He was the son of John snr and Mary Pitt who became notorious in the 1990s for their family’s behaviour in the North East of England.

The family of 10, their four rottweilers, two cats and Old English sheepdog confronted neighbours in Ashington, Northumberland, in the documentary.

It is believed John jnr was in prison serving time for stabbing his brother-in-law, when the TV cameras filmed the episode.

John Pitt (pictured), 53, a member of one of Britain's most notorious families after a Channel 4 documentary, died in prison in East Yorkshire after catching Covid

John Pitt (pictured), 53, a member of one of Britain's most notorious families after a Channel 4 documentary, died in prison in East Yorkshire after catching Covid

John Pitt (pictured), 53, a member of one of Britain’s most notorious families after a Channel 4 documentary, died in prison in East Yorkshire after catching Covid

The Pitt family (pictured) family were known as Britain's worst 'neighbours from hell' after hitting the headlines in the 1990s

The Pitt family (pictured) family were known as Britain's worst 'neighbours from hell' after hitting the headlines in the 1990s

The Pitt family (pictured) family were known as Britain’s worst ‘neighbours from hell’ after hitting the headlines in the 1990s

John and Mary were later jailed for seven years for starting a fire at the family’s home in Castle Terrace, Ashington, in a bid to claim £100,000 in insurance.

When police officers raided one of their homes they found the family’s pet rats and several Rottweilers running amok.

At the time one officer said: ‘It was a nightmare. Rats were scampering around the house with the dogs and officers who went in just could not believe their eyes.’

In 2008 John’s brother Linden Pitt, 35, died of a suspected heroin overdose.

The serial criminal was part of family who in the 1990s were dubbed Britain’s worst ‘neighbours from hell’ by residents of an estate in Ashington, Northumberland.

Those that lived near to the Pitts described how they banged on their walls with sledgehammers, played music all night and rode motorbikes on the pavements.

Others said they suffered panic attacks from their constant abuse, and one lady even claimed she’d had a heart attack after the Pitt’s Rottweilers charged into her garden.

The family were finally forced out of their home by angry neighbours in November 1994 and later moved to a caravan site 50 miles away.

Mary and John Pitt (pictured) in their home with their pet Rottweilers starredon a Channel 4 Cutting Edge documentary about nasty neighbours

Mary and John Pitt (pictured) in their home with their pet Rottweilers starredon a Channel 4 Cutting Edge documentary about nasty neighbours

Mary and John Pitt (pictured) in their home with three of their four pet Rottweilers appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about nasty neighbours

Pitt was an inmate at HMP Humber, a medium-security prison in East Yorkshire, when a massive covid outbreak ripped through the jail in March 2021.

He had been originally jailed in 2009 after he had tied his former partner to a chair at their home in Northumberland and tried to gouge her eyes out.

After he had threatened to cut her throat with scissors, the woman, who was naked at the time, managed to escape by launching herself out of a 20ft high window.

A report published into his death said that though Pitt was at higher risk from the illness because he was ‘obese’ and had diabetes, staff failed to monitor him.

It stated: ‘Mr Pitt was obese, which meant that he was at a higher risk of developing complications, and he should, therefore, have been closely monitored and his observations taken regularly.

‘The clinical reviewer was also concerned that Mr Pitt’s diabetes was not monitored regularly and there were no follow up checks or reviews documented in his clinical record.’

The report revealed that he had told a nurse he was feeling unwell on March 2, at 10:35, but she advised him only to ‘sit upright’ in his chair to improve his oxygen levels.

She then checked on him an hour later, where his breathing had become ‘laboured’ and he looked pale’.

The report added: ‘Healthcare staff called an ambulance and Mr Pitt was taken to hospital.

‘While in hospital, Mr Pitt’s health deteriorated, and he was taken to the intensive care unit where he was put on a ventilator.’

He was later pronounced dead on March 22 2021.

Pitt was originally sentenced to just 4 and a half years in prison, but his release was subject to approval from a parole board, which he never achieved.

Source: Daily Mail

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