SERIAL killer Levi Bellfield is under 24/7 watch after a botched suicide bid, The Sun can reveal.
Sources said the monster, 53, was "just seconds from death" after trying to hang himself in his jail cell.
He was spotted by alert prison officers as night fell on Thursday at top security HMP Frankland, Co Durham.
Bellfield, caged for three murders including schoolgirl Milly Dowler, was last night recovering on the prison's healthcare wing.
A source told The Sun: "If staff hadn't been on hand, he would've been a goner.
"Only thanks to their swift action, he's alive today.
"He's had a very narrow escape."
Ex-nightclub bouncer Bellfield had been alone in his cell before rigging up his suicide bid on Thursday night.
He had pinned his hopes on not being disturbed – only for his attempt on his own life to be foiled at the last minute.
Bellfield last made a "pitiful" effort at killing himself in October 2019.
But a source added: "This was a much more determined attempt.
"He'd seemed a bit down in recent weeks, but most lifers have their moments.
"It's clear this time he genuinely wanted to end it all."
Bellfield, who now calls himself Yusuf Rahim, is one of around 70 evil cons serving whole-life sentences in England and Wales.
He was jailed for life in 2008 for killing Marsha McDonnell, 19, in 2003 and Amelie Delagrange, 22, in 2004.
In 2011 he was also convicted of the 2002 murder of Milly, 13.
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