Howard Philip in the clink for Crimestoppers stunt.

Those who’ve have muttered under their breath that certain people should be locked up have had their wish come true. Managing director of McCarthy & Stone Howard Phillips was banged up overnight with 18 business and community leaders at the new HMP Peterborough in a bid to raise money and awareness for Crimestoppers.

Philip found that the facilities afforded to those residing at Her Majesty’s please were not quite on a par with the executive luxury to which he is accustomed. “It was a very narrow and hard mattress,” he said. “What with the prison officers outside with squeaky shoes, I hardly got a wink of sleep.” Bless his sparrow-foot print pyjamas weren’t fluffy enough.