Have you ever read a book, a magazine or newspaper article or perhaps just heard a story from a friend and thought "Yeah, that will be made into a film at some point"? I couldn't help but feel this way about the following article. It's a film just waiting to be made as after all, in a strange way, it's quite funny (right?) and, perhaps more importantly, it 'stars' a man who I'm sure many would view as an 'anti-hero' something we, the English as a nation, tend to admire in a grudging sort of way.
"You'll have a laugh with me," he promised on his Facebook page. "But it will end in tears, it always does." It hasn't yet, though.
Despite being on the run from the low-security Hollesley Bay prison in Suffolk (an institution so escape-prone it's known locally as Holiday Bay), Craig 'Lazie' Lynch, a convicted burglar nearing the end of a seven year sentence, has managed to "have bundles of fun on the ice in me motor", celebrate Christmas with tinsel and roast turkey, watch the New Year's Eve firework display in London - all the while keeping police (and a growing army of followers) informed of his progress via updates on the social networking site.
Not even Facebook's closure of his personal page on New Year's Eve could keep him quiet for long. According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Lynch has now resurfaced on the site as one Maximus Justice, posting on some of the 20-plus Facebook groups dedicated to him.
Lynch's fame has spread as far as America, where country singer Kent Crawford has written a Youtube song in his honour. But life as a digital-age fugitive isn't all laughs. "I hate moving, it does my head in all the ducking and diving."
- A shortened version of an article by Jon Henley reporting in the Guardian. For the full article click HERE but be warned one or two expletives are used.
And to hear the song by Kent Crawford as mentioned in the article click HERE but I must once again warn you that though the song contains no offensive language some of the comments left do. Oh and one more thing, not quite accurate, there is no such thing as bounty hunting police here in the UK.