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A woman who fell in love with a prisoner locked up for a series of burglaries has now become engaged to him after he proposed the day after his release. You can watch footage of the proposal below:
Breah Sutton, 22, had never spent time with her 32-year-old fiancé Harley Webb outside of prison until this month.
They started sharing phone conversations in August 2020 after they were put in touch by a friend of Sutton who had also been ‘dating’ an inmate.
After months of swapping messages, letters, and gifts, the pair developed their relationship, leading to a meeting eight months later when visits – previously prohibited due to Covid-19 – were allowed.
Since May 2021, the pair met every week until his release on 10 January.
At that meeting, Breah showed Harley that she’d had his initial tattooed on her ribs, and Harley popped the question to her, setting off fireworks afterwards in celebration.
Now, Breah – who has described herself as a 'prison wife' – is staying in rented accommodation in Cornwall to be near to the hostel that Harley stays in as part of his probation.
The carer, from Swindon, said: "The first time we got to hug it was just so surreal, I was crying, it doesn't seem real. It's like I'm living a dream.
"It's crazy finally being together after just visits and phone calls for so long but it's like we've known each other forever, there are no awkward moments or anything.
"He proposed to me the next day in a park with a firework display. I've never felt like that ever in my life, I was lost for words and really emotional."
"I had no idea. Everyone was guessing that he would propose but I didn't want to get my hopes up so I wasn't expecting it.
"I didn't think he'd do it because he hadn't had time to get a ring but we went and got it the next day."
Harley explained: "Since I got out it's just been unreal. It still seems unreal now, it's amazing.
"I knew I was going to propose to her when I got out. She's stood by me in jail and she's just a good girl, she's got a heart of gold and she'd do anything for you.
"You couldn't ask for a better partner to be with so I knew I had to drop the question to her.
"I was quite nervous but she said yes and I was over the moon - it was a good job she said yes because I already had the firework display set up."
The ex-convict has spent much of his adult life ‘in and out of prison’, having been locked up most recently in 2018 for burglarising cash machines.
He was sentenced to a further 26 months last year for 'putting a person in fear of violence' after sending threats to two women while behind bars.
Now, the pair spend as much time together as possible, although Harley has to return to his hostel to sleep each night.
The pair have a dog together and want to start saving for their own place once Harley’s probation ends in a few months, contingent on his behaviour.
Breah said: "The first thing we want to do is get a place together so we're saving for a deposit and then we'll start planning the wedding.
"We're hoping to move down here because it's so lovely here and away from everything else like a fresh start."
Harley said: "Meeting Breah has changed my life for the better because before that, when I lost my mum, I was lost, in and out of prison, around the wrong people and on the wrong track.
"But now I'm moving away from London and Swindon and settling down with Breah, it's going good."
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