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Peter Wayne averts a diplomatic incident at a boxing match in Lindholme prison

By Peter Wayne   December 1997

Seconds out, round one.” The raucous cheers of 400 cons echoed around Lindholme’s vast games hall like a great cacophonous overture. We were here, at ?2 each (a third of our weekly wage) for the privilege of attending a charity boxing event; jostling excitedly for the best ringside seats; ruminating on the fighters’ potentials; placing (discreet) bets with the camp bookies; determined to have a good time in spite of the venue. Ironically in these politically correct days, the average inmate has a greater chance of seeing grand opera (see Prospect, March 1997) or Shakespearean tragedy. Sensitive to the possibility…

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