Ex-cons work the locks in bar­ber shop

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - EX­CLU­SIVE BY PHIL CARDY

FREED pris­on­ers are cut­ting their links to crime and walk­ing into jobs as high street bar­bers.

Timp­son, which in the past has hired killers for its key shops, has branched out with three bar­ber­shops in North West Eng­land.

It is train­ing in­mates at Usk in South Wales and Thorn Cross in Cheshire, and has plans to ex­pand into other pris­ons.

Founder James Timp­son said: “The bar­ber­shops are do­ing re­ally well.

“We have some for­mer pris­on­ers work­ing for us. They are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job and re­ally enjoying their place­ments.”

Timp­sons al­ready has train­ing for shoe-mend­ing and watch-fix­ing in sev­eral jails – though in­mates only learn to cut keys once they are re­leased.

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