The 2013 staging of the traditional ‘Custody Suite Prisoner Roll’ event has finally been secured by the use of a substitute prisoner made from lightweight foam. Organisers of the annual West Country event, which dates back to around 1800, had been threatened with being held liable for any injuries, after an intimidating visit from an 86-year old claims lawyer.
Custody Sergeant Brian Trundle said ‘It’s health and safety gone mad. Prisoners are willing participants and take a tumble down the stairs completely of their own volition. Apparently, even the steep angle of the stairs poses a risk if too many spectators turn up, but we’ve always made sure there weren’t any ‘spectators’ anywhere near at the time anyway!’