Fight to free jailed gran with 4 months to live

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A terminally ill grandmother in prison for her part in a £5m fraud scam has been told she has four month left to live.

Tracie Morton, 51, from Toft next Newton is relying on family and friends to win a campaign for her early 
release.

Family friend Jacqui Addison, who is one of the people leading the campaign, said she would not give up “no matter what”.

She said: “The appeal regarding her early release is now of paramount importance.

“She does not have time for procedures and periods of waiting for decisions to be made.

“As I have consistently stressed to all parties concerned, since her life expectancy is so short, the need for her release is of paramount importance”

Jacqui has been in touch with Sir Edward Leigh and said he had pledged to contact Lord Chancellor Rt Hon Michael Gove once Tracie found out how long she had left to live.

Tracie is in the latter stages of pancreatic cancer and the disease has now spread to the majority of her body.

She told Jacqui morphine was keeping her pain levels at bay but that her lungs were now starting to 
“ache”.

Tracie has been told she will be admitted to hospital at some point but does not yet know when or where.

Jacqui, who has visited Tracie in prison several times, said: “She’s amazing in every way.”

Since going to jail Tracie has passed several levels of exams in maths and computer skills and achieved enhanced status’ within the prison - something that is difficult to 
do.

And even now, Tracie is still determined to improve her skills by working towards a level two 
mentorship.

Tracie was jailed for four-and-a-half years last July after she was found guilty of being part a huge operation to illegally sell red 
diesel.

She was found guilty of conspiracy to evade paying excise duty on government-subsidised fuels between March 1, 2006, and March 30, 2012, and conspiracy to cheat Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

A Prison Service spokesman at the Ministry of Justice said: “Compassionate release is only granted in exceptional circumstances and is subject to very strict criteria — the primary consideration being that it will not put the public at 
risk.”

The spokesman said prisoners could apply for compassionate release and all applications were carefully considered on their merits against a published 
criteria.

The criteria includes things such as life expectancy, whether further imprisonment would reduce life expectancy and whether the release of the prisoner would put the public at 
risk.