An ex-inmate has lifted the lid on life behind bars, claiming his time in a UK prison was like a "holiday camp". He claimed he ate two slices of toast every morning, went for gym sessions and could go to and from his cell whenever he wanted.
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In other claims, he said he was almost immediately offered drugs and a phone upon his arrival at the Category C prison. He also alleged drug abuse and violence was rife - but he was personally stunned at how comfortable he found himself. There is no suggestion that Butlin's or the YMCA have any links to poor accommodation, drug-dealing or wrongdoing. It comes as MPs warn prisons across England and Wales are in "crisis" as the inmate population reaches a historic high, estimated to be 86, Possessing a phone in prison is punishable by up to two years' imprisonment or an unlimited fine under the Crime and Security Act.
Acid attacker Arthur Collins was jailed for a further eight months - on top of his year sentence - after he admitted hiding a phone in a crutch to call reality TV star and ex-girlfriend Ferne McCann from his cell at HMP Thameside. But the ex-inmate we spoke to claimed almost every prisoner had a mobile phone. He also alleged that some guards were aware of their use.
He said while some inmates used the devices to brag about taking drugs or discuss criminal activity, others used to them to avoid 'extortionate' charges by calling relatives from prison phones.
In June , consumer groups lodged a "super complaint" against BT over costs arguing a minute call from inside jail could end up seven times higher than that made from a public pay phone. The National Consumer Council, backed by the Prison Reform Trust, said it meant more than half of all calls made by inmates last less than three minutes. The man told Mirror Online: "Prisoners are charged an arm and a leg to speak to their families and that isn't right. He claimed he was allowed to keep the phone he received minutes after arriving at HMP Rochester on the grounds he used it discreetly.
The former inmate claimed: "Most of the prisoners I was with had phones and the guards knew about it. They just turned a bind eye. We would make calls inside our cells and other prisoners would keep a lookout for screws. On drugs, he claimed inmates had regular access to illegal substances including cocaine, cannabis and Spice which were allegedly smuggled into jail after bring tossed over the prison wall at least once a week. Prisoners would often gather in one cell to abuse drugs and sometimes filmed themselves doing so, he alleged.
Last March, government analysis revealed a drug epidemic in British prisons with illegal substances seized 30 times a day in and linked to brutal violence inside jails. He said: "Stuff whether it was Spice, cocaine or weed was chucked over the walls in blue bags and brought through the prison.
It was obvious to me when it was happening. In October, the Ministry of Justice declared prison violence had surged to record levels with 27, incidents of assault and serious assault in the year to June In Rochester, fights broke out on almost a daily basis with some inmates stabbed during the most horrific brawls, the man claimed.
He said: "There were bust-ups every day. Sometimes it would be because a prisoner was owed money for cigarettes as an example but other times it could be because someone didn't like they way they were looked at. Peter Dawson, director of Prison Reform Trust, told Mirror Online that perpetrators of crime are being "failed" because of overpopulated jails.
He said: "Much of our prison system is now characterised by violence, drugs and idleness. With too many people in too little space both victims and perpetrators of crime are being failed. Up until this point, Britannia had been the only character to appear on our banknotes.
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We have since used a number of images of the Queen on our banknotes, and the portraits have come to be an important anti-counterfeiting feature. This is because people are more likely to notice slight differences in facial features than they are differences in images of inanimate objects. Throughout our history, we have always seen ourselves as a public institution, acting in the national interest.
Although the Bank was privately owned for a long time, our activities were determined by the Government and legislation.
When the Bank was nationalised in , it meant that it was now owned by the Government rather than by private stockholders. These forged notes were printed in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside Berlin. The way they were produced had also continued unimproved, with the result that they were copied extremely successfully by the Germans. However, the gold remained in London. During the Blitz, the Bank was luckily never hit by a bomb. However, there was some minor damage to the outside of the buildings as the road outside near the Royal Exchange suffered a direct hit.
The gold standard linked the value of the UK currency directly to gold, and effectively enabled people to exchange Bank of England banknotes for the equivalent value of gold.
In September , the UK suspended the gold standard. Confidence in sterling had collapsed, and the ensuing run on sterling meant that the Bank of England lost much of its reserves.
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The old Bank, designed by architect Sir John Soane, was regarded as one of London's architectural gems. Sir Herbert built a new headquarters for the Bank of England on the same 3. The old Bank of England had mostly been no more than three storeys high. The new building stood seven storeys above ground, and dropped three below to fit in the extra staff needed to tackle the Bank's rapidly increasing amount of work and responsibility. Montagu Norman was Governor from to To this day, he is the longest-serving Governor of the Bank of England. Norman played a critical role in rebuilding the international monetary system after World War One.
Under Norman, the Bank of England became actively involved in supporting British industry. During the Second World War, he made significant contributions to monetary and financial policy.
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The Bank of England played an important role in helping the Government finance the war, for example by issuing War Stocks in Although it was reported that these war stocks were oversubscribed, the public did not actually buy enough to help fund the effort. The Bank therefore bought much of the stock out of its own reserves, and hid this fact to maintain public confidence.
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learrotese.tk Christopher and the Holy Child by Richard R. Goulden, erected in In — the same year as the London Olympics — the Bank of England opened a sports centre for its staff in Roehampton. Office accommodation was also included, including the Record Office. The clubhouse was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in November , and a new pavilion was built between and In December , the club opened to local people to meet the growing costs of the centre. The sports club continues to be used by many Bank of England staff. A large number of sports teams including football, netball and tennis regularly practice and play there.
In , Miss Janet Hogarth became the first woman officially recorded as working for the Bank. Six years earlier, she had received a First from Oxford University. These two were soon supervising a group of women who were employed in sorting and listing banknotes. You can see a record of their appointment on pages 79 to 82 of the Court of Directors minutes from Court minutes. This tradition has continued, and all banknotes printed and issued by the Bank of England bear the signature of the current Chief Cashier. One of the most well-known in the UK is the Overend Gurney crisis of Overend Gurney was the largest discount house of the time.
Despite being a profitable business, over time it built up large piles of bad loans. When it tried to extend the credit lines on these loans, Overend Gurney suffered significant losses. This ultimately led to its demise, and it suspended payments on 10 May The failure of Overend Gurney and the subsequent events led to heated policy debate that helped shape the Bank of England as a lender of last resort for years to come. Quarterly Bulletin article: the demise of Overend Gurney.
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