Author Archives: William Perrin

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.

Pentonville facilities not ‘safe, decent and legal’

Correspondence released under FOI between the Prison Minister and the Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Pentonville reveals  a weird sense of complacency and blunders by the Ministry of Justice. Ministers were aware of the window problems at … Continue reading

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Pentonville suicide in part due to repeated failures by prison, inquest hears – corporate manslaughter?

An horrific tale of repeated mistakes was revealed at last weeks inquest into a January 2016 suicide at HMP Pentonville.  Basic procedures established following a previous suicide weren’t followed and another person died.  The details are below in a press … Continue reading

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Flatiron Steak replacing TED on Cally Road?

A licence transfer notice for 47-51 Caledonian Road suggests that the relatively shortlived TED restaurant is to be replaced by a steak joint, Flatiron.  If this is right, as Kings Cross is short of steak places this is welcome.  Reviews … Continue reading

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Two escape from Pentonville on Sunday night by cutting through bars

The latest sad twist in the HMP Pentonville saga is two prisoners escaping on Sunday night.  At present I am going on partial reports being tweeted by Simon Israel and BBC reporter Danny Shaw that the prisoners cut their way … Continue reading

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Dead Parrot sketch filmed in Cally Pets

There’s a lot of classic film locations around Kings Cross, but it was news to me that the famous Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch was filmed in Cally Pets at 345 Caledonian Road.  The first version of the sketch was … Continue reading

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Emily Thornberry MP calls for ‘duty of care’ investigation into Pentonville death and for prison to be closed

The local MP has called for an investigation of the Ministry of Justice’s exercise of an appropriate duty of care to murdered Jamal Mahmoud at HMP Pentonville.   The failure of a relevant ‘duty of care’ is at the heart … Continue reading

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Death at Pentonville Prison should be investigated for corporate manslaughter

I have written to the Borough Commander of Islington Police asking her to investigate whether corporate manslaughter played a role in the recent death at Pentonville Prison. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide act was extended to cover custody in … Continue reading

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Pentonville murders – background of massive rise in violence over recent years

  Yesterday’s murder at Pentonville comes as little surprise given the substantial rise in violence at the troubled local prison over recent years.  Government data shows a sharp rise in serious prisoner on prisoner assaults from less than one a … Continue reading

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