TODAY’S story that cells could not be used by prisoners will certainly raise more than a few eyebrows across Huddersfield.
The temperature in the cell area was said to be too cold which meant the security company G4S had to transport the prisoners direct from the police station to Kirklees Magistrates Court rather than walking there via an underground passageway from the cold G4S holding area.
Those readers who have lived through harsh times in severe weather where there was ice on the inside of their windows in the days before central heating will find this hard to believe.
It caused a real logistical problem getting the prisoners into court and even the solicitors who represent them were criticising the decision with one joking their clients should have been issued with thermal underwear.
This kind of story adds more fuel to the arguments of those who think the criminal justice system in this country has gone soft.
There will be people living in homes across Huddersfield possibly with a temperature as low as the cells – if not lower – because they can’t afford their energy bills and even struggle to have enough money to buy a decent meal.
Still, at least the prisoners will soon be able to warm up back in their jail cells ... and also have three meals a day.