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I was recruited by deadly crime gangs & my brother got shot & stabbed… I knew I had to get out quick says Gogglebox star | The Sun
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GROWING up in a deprived part of London, Marcus Luther saw teen pals and even his own brother get stabbed and shot – but he turned his back on a life of crime.
Now the former Gogglebox star, who runs a boxing gym to help kids stay on the straight and narrow, is experiencing life behind bars for the first time in new reality show Banged Up.
The Channel 4 series, which airs from Tuesday, sees seven celebrities – including former EastEnder Sid Owen and Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal – caged in decommissioned Victorian jail HMP Shrewsbury with a host of ex-cons.
Hidden cameras capture the terrified stars as they share cells with reformed murderers, gangsters and drug smugglers in a crowded wing where the constant threat of violence hangs in the air.
Marcus, 40, grew up in Thornton Heath in the knife-ridden borough of Croydon, south London, and says he signed up for the week-long stint inside to understand what drives young people to crime.
“I'm born and raised in a rough part of Croydon, a high knife crime area, and I've got a gym nearby in Mitchem,” he says.
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“I've never got in trouble with the police but I am from an area where everybody does and even family members do. All my friends have been stabbed, shot or whatever.
“I had a choice to get in the car and go do the robbery, but I chose not to.
“My original thoughts were, ‘If you do some crime, go to prison and don't start moaning about it. Your choices were no different than mine'.
“I needed to go in there to see why young people keep re-offending, especially in the black community.”
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