AN inquest has been opened into the death of a paedophile recently jailed for making indecent images of children.

Michael George Green, formerly of Clyde Court, Andover, had served less than a month as a prisoner at HMP Winchester when died on Wednesday, May 3.

The alarm was raised and police called to the prison shortly before 5pm on that day but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

A police spokesperson said: "I can confirm that we were called at 4.52pm on May 3. It was a concern for the welfare of a man at HMP Winchester. He was taken to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

"We are currently preparing a file for the coroner."

Confirming Green's death, a Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “HMP Winchester prisoner Michael George Green (DOB 3/5/47) died on Wednesday, 3 May.

"As with all deaths in custody there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Green was sentenced to a total of two years and three months in prison after appearing in Winchester Crown Court last month.

He admitted two counts of making indecent images of children, one grade B image and one grade C image, for which he received the two-year sentence.

Green was also made the subject of a restraining order, a sexual harm prevention order and was entered onto the sex offender register for a period of 10 years.

He was further sentenced to an additional three months in prison for dangerous driving and disqualified for 26 months.

An inquest has been opened into his death and adjourned pending receipt of the police file.