Reprieve for ex-convict's crime fight
Thursday 21 October 1993
Donations amounting to more than twice the amount needed to save the scheme were offered by readers to George Martin, the ex- criminal whose school lectures on prison life were threatened.
Mr Martin and Merseycare, a charity with links to Merseyside Probation Service, said that without the response, the 'Anti-Crime Encounter Initiative' would have ended on Friday. Now Mr Martin, 34, who had 250 convictions in 17 1/2 years of crime, will be able to continue his talks in 250 schools.
Three anonymous donors pledged pounds 5,000, pounds 500 and pounds 100, while Quality Teachers, a private supply teacher firm in Birmingham, put forward another pounds 5,000. As a condition of the offer, Mr Martin will be invited to deliver lectures in Birmingham schools.
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