From Crook to Criminology Graduate; David Tells His Story in a Bid to Help Others

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Byline: LEE MADDISON

A REFORMED criminal who admits once trying to stab a man to death in a pub wants to help other offenders get their lives back on track.

David Honeywell, of Redcar, spent a large part of his early life behind bars, but now wants others to learn from the errors of his ways.

More than 10 years after being released for the last time, David has achieved two degrees at Teesside University. He is also a freelance writer, has written a book about his life and has applied for funding to establish Breaking Free - a social enterprise aimed at giving persistent young offenders support to change.

After spending years trying to forget his troubled past, David, 48, decided to speak out after seeing the London riots.

He said: "Watching the riots and the whole discussion about the way kids are today, I knew I could relate to them because I had been there."

David's autobiography, Never Ending Circles, tracks his development from a shy kid growing up in Grangetown, through his troubled years to the realisation he had to change and how he did it.

He was first convicted, aged 20, for two attempted robberies, resulting in a 30-month youth custody sentence. …

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