Teenager Simon Willerton's suicide in 1990 brought to six the number of young prisoners who hanged themselves in British prisons in just over six months. It prompted a public debate over conditions in remand prisons and Armley in particular, where overcrowding had reached such a level that prison officers refused to admit any new inmates. Simon faced a burglary charge over the theft of a hot-water bottle from an unoccupied flat.
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The Apollo Leisure Cinema where Simon takes his date opened in 1911 and remained open until 2000. It was demolished in 2001 and replaced with a block of flats. See more
References Honey, I Shrunk the Kids