The cell’s not-many-feet by a-few-feet-less.
Contents: a cracked toilet bowl without a seat,
a wooden bench and a blanket bristling
with a family of lice exercising squatters’ rights;
a door built to withstand siege engines
or aggressive drunks; four walls the colour
of British Rail tea, scrawled with misspelled
but heartfelt graffiti. All coppurs are basturds.
Biggs and the boys rob the train and escape.
Macavity runs rings round the law and escapes.
Skimbleshanks sits and counts off the minutes,
wonders what unsolved case they’ll try to pin on him.
Illustration Nick Victor