Ross Kemp has revealed he got so high after inhaling a tiny amount of Spice residue left in the bottom of a prisoner’s vape, he was left unable to speak.
The former Eastenders actor is known for putting himself in pretty sticky situations, but going inside the walls of HMP Belmarsh, the notorious Category A men’s prison in south-east London may top his most dangerous.
In a shocking scene in a new documentary at HMP Belmarsh, Ross is seen inhaling spice from a prisoner’s vape.
His brain “went blank” after breathing in a tiny amount of Spice residue.
The vape had been used by a comatose prisoner at the notorious jail, where the presenter has been filming a new two-part documentary for ITV.
Speaking in the Sun , Ross Kemp described the moment he tried it for himself. “I am rarely lost for words but as I turn to camera, I have lost the ability to speak,” he explained.
“My brain has gone blank, my hands are clammy and my mouth is dry.”
The type of Spice he inhaled is a potentially lethal combination of aluminium cleaner and insect killer called Man Down, and Ross said it “does exactly what it says on the tin”.
The south-east London prison has held some of the UK’s most notorious criminals – including the likes of murderer Ian Huntley, black cab rapist John Worboys and the killers of Lee Rigby.
Ross and his cameramen were given a rare look inside the prison, which prides itself on being able to take any prisoner – no matter how high-profile or harmful.
While the series was being filmed the prison was home to 187 murderers and 17 terrorists.
Ross also got the chance to meet one of the prison’s most recent famous inmates – far-right campaigner Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, more commonly known as Tommy Robinson.
Yaxley-Lennon was being held in the prison’s Contingency Suite, a one-of-a-kind unit designed to keep prisoners separate for their own safety.
Welcome To HMP Belmarsh With Ross Kemp starts on Thursday, January 9, on ITV at 9pm.