Crime does pay if it is in aid of charity

Almost £20,000 has been raised for charity by “inmates” who spent 24 hours inside Shepton Mallet prison.

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Organised by SOS Africa, a charity based in the town, people were invited to nominate colleagues, friends or family to serve their time in the cells in the infamous HMP Cornhill, now closed and expected to be redeveloped.

SOS Africa sponsors the education of children in townships. This year’s lock-in was also raising funds for a community project in Shepton Mallet and was organised with the help of developers City & Country and Jail House Tours, who run organised visits to former prisons.

Amongst the inmates taking park – the last time the event will be held – was Miss United Kingdom 2017/18, Rachel Metcalf, of Street. The defendant had been nominated by her partner for the grave crime of “stealing the TV to watch Hollyoaks all the time”

Rachel will be heading to Miami in July to represent the United Kingdom at the Ms International Beauty Pageant. Rachel said: “Living locally, I knew about the work of SOS Africa and I wanted to do something which offers a different view of the beauty world.”