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OG take a trip to Clink Prison and have a visit from the Police

Friday, 16 March 2018

On Monday 12 March, both OG classes went on a trip to the Clink Prison; a prison that was open from 1144 to 1780 and has now become a museum. Noah from OGE has given a report on the day:

"It started for OGE at 09:50 with a ten-minute walk across the Millennium Bridge over to the museum. We were greeted by a man dressed up like the chief (now known as the King) of his tribe. He talked to us about how prisons came about at the start of time and how Clink Prison was one of the first and most notorious prisons in England. Following this, the man demonstrated how someone would be handcuffed on my friend Jake.

We were then told that, as a prison guard, you would receive only a little wage, but you could still make a lot of money from prisoners bribing you to let them out. Another friend, Amari, then jokingly handed the man £20 and whilst Jake was let out from his handcuffs, Amari only just received his money back!

Finally, we were told all about the torture someone would be subjected to if they were caught doing anything illegal. Overall, the trip was a very interesting experience and one that I definitely will not forget.

However, this was only half of the fun-filled day planned by Mr Hadley and Miss Robin!

Shortly after lunch, we walked into room 402 to be welcomed by three police officers and a pile of guns lying on the table (sounds safe to me!). The first police officer briefly introduced us to her colleagues and explained what we would be doing for the next two hours. After this, one of her colleagues, Lou, took us through all the weapons that a police officer would carry with them and all about the way they do their job. Shortly after that very entertaining talk about guns, the chief analyst spoke to us about a detective case involving finding the offender in a murder case that we would have to try to solve in groups.

As we all excitedly set off on our detective mission, the police officers, teachers and even the chief forensic officer came around to see what progress we had made. Towards the end, an inspector came in and asked us what evidence and suspects we had found. After much detective thinking and investigating, the correct murderer was announced and only three groups got it right (not including mine!). Unfortunately, though, the 4pm bell rang and we had to leave this incredible workshop and head home after a fun and eventful day."

Clink Prison was one of the first and most notorious prisons in England.
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