"Campaigners are calling for the release of the man dubbed 'Britain's most violent prisoner' after handing a petition to Downing Street. Supporters of Charles Bronson, HMP's most notorious inmate, gathered 10,000 signatures urging the Prime Minister to free him after four decades in prison. Born Michael Gordon Peterson the 61-year-old was jailed for seven years in 1974 for armed robbery at a Post Office, but has been locked up for much of the time since then following a string of violent incidents, including assault, hostage-taking and damage."
But campaigners don't see the former prize-fighting bare knuckle boxer that way at all. Coos organiser Lorraine Etherington -
"Despite completing a violence reduction programme last year he has been denied the opportunity to progress and is still kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day. He is not a danger to the public - I would argue that he never has been a danger to the public. Out of pure frustration he has tried to get attention by taking hostages and causing trouble."
"Meeting Bronson defied his expectations. He said although he knew many had been on the receiving end of 'some terrible, terrible attacks' from Bronson, he on the other had 'only experienced a very witty and articulate sensitive, angry at times, but very articulate man, which was completely juxtaposed against what I expected.'"
Violence "reduction".....solitary confinement....not a danger.....just frustrated.....I expect she's been besotted ever since watching a film made about this uncontrollable monster in 2009. Certainly actor Tom Hardy was impressed -
Well if he wants to get out of gaol he would turn on the charm, wouldn't he? And no doubt he'll turn it on again for his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. We all know what suckers they are for a sob story...