Echo, December 20.1990
PRISON PLEA GOES RIGHT TO THE TOP
The latest breakout from Highpoint Prison led to a plea being made to the home secretary to visit Stradishall and re-assure the community that safety measures were in hand.
Local councillor Colin Jones said he was writing to Kenneth Baker because he felt the prison department didn’t appear to have the will to bring security and staffing standards at Highpoint to a reasonably safe level.
The concerns were raised after three inmates, including a man convicted of committing a racially motivated murder, escaped from the prison.
APOLOGY NOT ENOUGH TO STOP ANTI-HUNT PETITION
Alan Bidwell pressed on with his anti-hunt petition at Ashdon, despite his 90-year-old mother receiving a bouquet and apology from hunt officials after she saw hounds rip a fox to pieces in front of their bungalow.
The flowers had not swayed Mr Bidwell from his determination to keep the Puckeridge and Thurlow Hunt out of his village.
He started a petition among villagers and already had several pages of names.