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Lee Hughes on suicide watch in prison.

DISGRACED former Albion striker Lee Hughes was today reported to be on suicide watch in jail and suffering from depression.

Hughes, aged 29 and formerly of Meriden, Warwickshire, is detained at Featherstone prison near Cannock and serving six years for killing a man by dangerous driving.

A report today said he was suffering from depression after learning that his wife had allegedly cheated on him and after being banned from the prison football team.

Prison officers are understood to be checking on Hughes every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.

Hughes was said to have been dropped from the prison football team after elbowing a 17-year-old opponent.

His axing comes after reports in August that his 34-year-old wife, Anna, had spent several hours at a hotel with an office worker ten years her junior.

A source at the prison said news of the incident had 'crushed' the former soccer ace and that he was spending hours moping in his cell. He is finding prison life hard.

He goes to the gym a couple of times a week and works sweeping and mopping floors. The rest of the time he keeps out of sight in his cell,' said the source.

Hughes was jailed in November 2003 over an incident in which his pounds 100,000 Mercedes ploughed into a Renault Scenic car at Meriden, killing 56-year-old father-of -four Douglas Graham and leaving driver Albert Frisby crippled for life.

The former Albion striker, who went into hiding for 36 hours before reporting to police, was found guilty at Coventry Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving.

He later lost an appeal against sentence.

Hughes' father, Bill Hughes, who lives in Smethwick, said after the hearing that he felt his son had been made a scapegoat.

A spokeswoman for the Prison Service said she could not comment on today's reports.

'It is not our policy to comment on individual prisoners' cases,' she said.

Hughes' mother, Gail Hughes, declined to comment and his wife could not be contacted.
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