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Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.

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“You are the one who killed a guard aren’t you? Aren’t you, you fucking scumbag.’

“Well you start throwing your wait around in here lad and I will have your balls on a platter. “ Do I make myself clear?’

“Yes sir.’

“I didn’t hear you lad, what did say?’

“YES SIR.’

“Name and number,’

“Stoneman 94276 sir.’

“Right Stoneman strip and pick up your kit from the table over there.’ Come on hurry up we haven’t got all day.’ “You wanker’s do the same and be quick about it.’

The young men ran naked across the room picked up a bundle and then they were led to D wing. A cell was opened.

“You shit for brains name and number.’

“McMullen 37469 sir.’

“Well don’t just fucking stand there get in.’

Danny ran into the cell which had three other men inside. The cell was only big enough for two men but they were over crowded.

“You next shit head, name and number.’

“Royale 42375 sir.’

“Well here is your palace Royale get in.’

“Next.’

“Reynolds 42930 sir.’

“Alright fat boy get in.’

Albert was a bit on the chubby side, he’d never been a one for exercise. Tomorrow your induction will begin; four weeks of the worst shit you’ll ever do in your lives.’

“Make the most of tonight and get plenty of sleep you’re going to need it.’

The guard slammed the doors shut and their first night of their sentences began.

Because Royale had already served nine months of a ten month sentence on remand it would be up to the Governor if he would be released in a month’s time.

One thing was certain four weeks or not; the guards weren’t going to make it easy for him or the rest of them.

 

 

 

The next morning they were awoken at 6 a.m. for slop out then it was all hands to the pumps to get the room cleaned and kit set out on the bed. If it wasn’t right this time who ever was to blame for the cell toss would be punished not only by the guards but by the other two inmates.’

They had to ensure that everything was perfect. They had no razor blades so they couldn’t shave so straight away they were all put on a Governor’s on report.’

The inmates moved around quickly waiting for the order to move off when their wing was called. They filed off wing after wing the prison guards counted everyone off as they moved down the iron steps and along the corridor to the canteen area where trusted inmates served the meals. They soon got to know the new inmates and as word got around so did the other prisoners as well.

The four lads had hidden their money in their money inside a tube that was swallowed and later retrieved from the toilet when they had passed it. It took some getting down at first some of them were sick and they had to do it over until it stayed down.

“Alan Stoneman got no breakfast that morning; he was led away by two other guards. He was taken into an isolation cell and left there for three hours to stew before four 

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