“I would describe Mark as the most positive, sophisticated, kind, funny, sensitive, caring and selfless young man. He is dedicated to those he loves and to his work, being one of the most intelligent and driven men I have the pleasure of knowing. Mark was pleased when his father was recovering from surgery and I could tell he was always more relaxed when his father was out of hospital.
Mark has achieved an incredible amount at his age, having his own business and clients while doing a law degree and being such a caring son. I would often get a call from Mark saying he was meeting a client and would I like to meet him after, he would always have time for his friends even though he had such a busy life. I had lunch with him the Wednesday before his arrest [February 2010]; he was the same person I have always known.
I trust Mark with my life (I even put all my savings up to try and secure him bail), he is one of a very few of my friends who I feel comfortable enough in his presence to do or say almost anything. In the time I have known him I have never once felt anything negative toward him, or seen any other side to him than the loving, caring person I described above. The accusations are flawed based on Mark’s character alone. He is an irreplaceable friend”
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3 weeks ago
Mark asked me to post these guidelines:
Hi all, the rules for sending cash into prisons are changing from 2 November. You'll no longer be allowed to send money to Mark by cheque, postal order, bank transfer, or as cash in the post. Prisons will only be accepting money by debit card through their online portal: www.gov.uk/send-prisoner-money
If you'd like to see Mark, he is currently allowed two visits a month under the reduced Coronavirus regime. Online and telephone booking services have been suspended, so Mark will have to book you in himself. Please get in touch with Mark directly if you're interested. Visits will either be on a Tuesday or a Thursday, at 9:45 or 13:45, for an hour.
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Prison visits are now starting up again, but friends and family are banned from hugging or any physical contact, and separated by screens, visits have also been cut to just an hour. Mark is asking people not to visit him until these restrictions are lifted. He doesn't feel it would be fair on you to make such long journeys for so short a time and under such conditions. ... See MoreSee Less