A DRUGS kingpin who was sprung from a prison van outside HMP Hewell has allegedly been involved in a violent clash with the killers of soldier Lee Rigby.

According to gangster John Anslow's dad, Lee Rigby's killers, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, were beaten up by the drug baron after he got sick of hearing them talking all night.

The incident allegedly took place at high security Belmarsh prison.

Anslow, from Tipton, made national headlines in 2012 after a prison van transporting him to court was ambushed by masked offenders near HMP Hewell in Tardebigge.

He managed to evade capture for 439 days.

He is currently serving a 22-year jail term for orchestrating a coke and cannabis distribution network.

Anslow's father, John Snr, told the Birmingham Mail, that all night and all day the men, one each side of him, were shouting.

He said: "One tried to put it on him and came off worst. John got him on the floor and was throwing punches before the screws pulled him off.

"He gave it to him. He stood his ground and had a go back.”

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman told the newspaper such a confrontation would be "unlikely" and said it would be almost impossible to probe the claim without knowing the date of the alleged encounter.

On the afternoon of May 22 2013, British Army soldier, Fusilier Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was brutally attacked and killed by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.

They yelled to passers-by that Lee had been targeted in retaliation over the killing of Muslims by British soldiers.

In February 2014 both men were sentenced to life: Adebolajo, aged 28, is one of the few UK prisoners serving a whole life term.