9th February 1999





An ex-convict once branded “the most dangerous gunman in the north” is passing on his insights to criminology students in Lincoln and Hull.


Reformed gangster Frank Cook, who has spent 27 years of his life in jail or other institutions, has been invited to talk to students at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside about his life behind bars.


Mr Cook ‘went straight’ after his release from HMP Morton Hall, Lincolnshire, in 1996. He now tours the country giving lectures on penal reform and crime prevention and promoting his book, ‘Hard Cell’.


He will speak to criminology students at the university’s Lincoln campus on Tuesday 9th March 1999 and in Hull on 12th March.


“Frank will be giving us an insider’s view on penal policy and an insight into his own experiences of prison life,” said senior criminology lecturer Bankole Cole.


“I’ve known him for quite a long time - I started taking students to see him in Hull prison in 1992. He’s a very determined person and he’s focused in his intentions. He’s someone who wants to do well and he’s trying his best to get back on his feet.”


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Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk