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pic that stuffed Archer; REAL REASON WHY LYING PEER WAS HUSTLED OFF TO HELL-HOLE JAIL WE SNAPPED HIM IN RESTAURANT WITH JAIL BOSS & BLONDE GIRL COP.

Byline: STEWART FOWLER

THIS is The People's damning picture that led to the latest downfall of lying Jeffrey Archer.

Prison bosses acted swiftly after our photographers caught Lord Archer lunching in a swish restaurant with the security chief from his own jail and a pretty blonde girl detective.

And our snap is the REAL reason the disgraced peer was quickly moved from his cushy open prison to a "hell-hole" Victorian jail with no privileges.

His cosy lunch party at Zucchini's in Lincoln was the last straw for the authorities at North Sea Camp after his out-of-bounds party with Tory pal Gillian Shepherd.

Our investigators watched as Archer - on day release although barely a quarter of the way through his four-year sentence for perjury - arrived at the elegant restaurant last Wednesday with security chief Paul Hocking, 56, and drug squad cop Karen Brooks, 32.

The bizarre trio were welcomed like old friends and shown to a table near the window where the blinds were lowered to shield them from prying eyes.

Millionaire novelist Archer, 62, began an intense discussion in lowered voice with Hocking and Brooks, who until recently was police liaison officer at North Sea Camp. When the menu arrived Archer chose a pizza Calzone - folded pizza filled with cheese, ham, onions and spinach - and for drinks, a diet Coke.

As the waiter went off with the order, our photographer snapped the trio huddled together conspiratorially.

Hocking immediately rushed up to our man and blustered: "Listen, you can't publish that photograph. The woman is a drugs squad officer and we are involved in an on-going operation."

This was a lie. In fact Hocking was off work sick and Brooks was off-duty. Next day Hocking dramatically resigned, Brooks faced a probe by her force's standards unit and Archer was hauled off to grim Lincoln prison.

Yesterday his dinner was greasy sausages, sloppy mash and lumpy gravy washed down with a mug of cheap tea.

ONE of the convicts at Lincoln is a former North Sea inmate who threatened to break Archer's legs, claiming the peer grassed on him.

ALL CHANGE: Archer's varied diet

Zucchini's

Pizza Calzone filled with cheese, ham, onions and spinach.

Diet Coke

Lincoln Prison

Greasy sausages filled with fat, sloppy mash and lumpy gravy.

Mug of tea

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SNAPPED: Detective Karen Brooks and security chief Paul Hocking hurry away from the restaurant where they met Archer; GIRL COP; SNAPPED: Archer looks alarmed as he is caught having lunch with jail security chief and woman detective Pictures: ALBAN DONAHOE; JAIL BOSS
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2002
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