In a shock development
Simon Sheppard was granted immediate release by the parole board, today 5th
He was standing to a radiator in association time when he was informed by
a prison officer of his immediate release and that he had 5 minutes notice to
collect his stuff. The officer said that such an event happened about once a
Simon gave the alarm clock he had just bought to another inmate and said:
“if this is a joke I want it back” and with a cheery wave and salutations to the
officer he left the prison and bought a pint of bitter in a nearby pub, then
went to Northallerton train station and caught a train to York where he first
fully realised what had happened and that the new criminal
charge had been dropped.
I can’t help thinking this was a big
wind-up by the System, rather than Yorkshire plod at their finest.