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    Rob Wesley - Prison Inmate

    A defender who signed on Saturday has made the national media it seems... because he is still serving a prison sentence.

    A TWISTED horse-killer is being let out of prison on day-release — to play non-league football.

    Robert Wesley, 23, slashed two horses at least two dozen times, leaving one dying in a pool of blood.

    But the former Wolves youth player, who is serving a five-year sentence at North Sea Camp jail in Lincs, is being let out to play and train with Boston United.

    Wesley has played three pre-season friendlies for the team, known as The Pilgrims.

    On Tuesday night he came on as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Boston Town.

    But last night animal rights groups were aghast that Wesley — described as “heartless” by a judge — was being let out to play football.

    Animal Aid director Andrew Tyler said: “Until there is evidence his sickness has been dealt with, he should not be given the opportunity to be rewarded with perks like playing football.

    “Horse-slashers are violent and dangerous, not only to animals but to other humans.”

    Jan Creamer, chief executive of Animal Defenders International, added: “Letting him out to play football sends out the wrong message.”

    In 2005, Wesley was sentenced to four years and nine months as part of a sophisticated gang that smashed open cash machines across the country, stealing £140,000.

    He was later overheard in jail bragging about getting revenge on a “grass” by slashing his wife’s horses. Police bugged him and recorded him gloating about the attacks.

    Wesley, of Rugby, Northants, was handed a further four months for damaging property — the most serious charge horse-killers can face. He is due out in ten months.

    He is playing for Boston United as part of a Government-approved rehabilitation scheme for prisoners who are coming to the end of their sentences.

    A Prison Service spokesperson said: “The Government has developed resettlement regimes designed to improve the resettlement outcomes of prisoners coming towards the end of long sentences. All decisions are based on rigorous risk assessment.

    “This regime provides prisoners with the opportunity to undertake unpaid community work.”

    John Smales, chief executive of the International League for the Protection of Horses, said: “We would hope that this is part of Wesley’s rehabilitation process and will help prevent him treating horses or any other animals in such a horrific manner.”

    Boston United — who used to be managed by former England star Paul Gascoigne, 40 — were last year relegated to the Blue Square North league after they went into administration.

    General manager John Blackwell said: “Wesley is showing a lot of promise and is likely to be a squad player this season.

    “The Prison Service has agreed he can come to our training nights and our games. He is delighted to be able to play.”
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007350664,00.html

    An inmate from an open prison in Lincolnshire has been signed to play for Boston United Football Club. Prisoner Rob Wesley, 23, is currently serving a four-and-a-half-year term at North Sea Camp prison for his part in thefts from supermarket cash machines.
    The defender will be allowed out for training and games with the Pilgrims as part of a rehabilitation scheme.
    Boston United's general manager John Blackwell said the club had worked with the prison for the past 20 years.
    Second chance
    "He's done something wrong and I think it's the first thing he's done wrong," said Mr Blackwell.
    "He deserves a chance and we're here to give him a chance and here to help him and help the prison.
    "Hopefully this will make him a better person. From what he's done so far, you can see how well he's done."
    In a statement, the Prison Service said: "The government has developed resettlement regimes in the open prison estate designed to improve the resettlement outcomes of suitable prisoners coming towards the end of long sentences.
    "At all key stages of the process the prisoner is subject to rigorous risk assessments to determine suitability for the scheme and the progressive trust placed in them."
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/l...re/6927349.stm

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    The first article is ridiculous. Basically slating him for killing horses despite the fact that he is serving 4 years for armed robbery!
    Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole...

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    Good old Boston.

    How to win friends and infuence people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lionspride View Post
    Good old Boston.

    How to win friends and infuence people.
    there just doing it millwall style
    "Alternative by nature not by choice"

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    A PROMISING young footballer is being allowed out of prison to play for a local non-League side.
    Rob Wesley, 22, is serving four-and-a-half years for conspiracy to steal cash machines but has turned out for Boston United three times.
    The ex-Wolves apprentice got his chance after prison staff spotted him in kickabouts in the yard and recommended him.
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    One fan, referring to former Boston manager Steve Evans, quipped: "We've swapped one crook for another."
    Evans got a suspended jail sentence for his role in the financial scandal which rocked the club.
    Wesley is being held at North Sea open prison in Boston, Lincs, where disgraced Tory peer Lord Archer served time and famously worked at Lincoln's Theatre Royal during his sentence.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstor...9520-19557133/

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    Quote Originally Posted by lionspride View Post
    Good old Boston.

    How to win friends and infuence people.
    The Sun have blown it out of proportion trying to sensationalise something that he wasn't convicted of.

    He's coming to the end of his time, and if it helps him and helps the club then all is well.

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    The BBC website reports a shocking oversight in West Ham's scouting network.

    'An inmate from an open prison in Lincolnshire has been signed to play for Boston United Football Club.

    'Prisoner Rob Wesley, 23, is currently serving a four-and-a-half-year term at North Sea Camp prison for his part in thefts from supermarket cash machines.

    'The defender will be allowed out for training and games with the Pilgrims as part of a rehabilitation scheme.'

    Curbs will be kicking himself to have missed out on that one.
    http://www.football365.com/story/0,1...636981,00.html

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