The convicted robber, serving an eight-year sentence, who escaped from Hollesley Bay prison, near Woodbridge a week ago has been found in Ramsgate. Whether Ramsgate as the new "Millionaires Playground" is an irresistible lure to convicted felons, I don't know but I'm certain, that with our prisons, open and otherwise, leaking thousands of convicts into the public domain, every year, that there's more than one, 'gone to ground' here in Thanet.
Flicking through the local rag(s) this week, before attending the regular "Community safety briefing", what struck me is that in nearly every case of nasty, violent disorder in our streets and bars, the perpetrators, hauled-up in front of a Magistrate, whine "I'm very sorry" - (or have their solicitor plea on their behalf) and then are released on a conditional discharge and told not to beat anyone up with a broken bottle or chair-leg, ever again.
Of course, the prisons are full, so you can't put them there and so in several cases I can immediately think of, the thug(s) walk free but are chastened with the thought that they have behaved very badly and are a disgrace to the community.
And do they care? Like..... they do!
In some un-enlightened societies (see photo) the sentence can be a little harsher but I'm not quite sure why he's clutching a meat pie tin unless it contains the softer parts of his anatomy?!