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PUBLISHED: 10:11 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:27 12 August 2010
FOUR businessmen and a wicked fairy were put behind bars and held to ransom for £4,000 - to go to a good cause. Jail n bail mock arrests took place on Thursday throughout Bromley to raise money for Harris HospisCare. Now in its fifth year, the event w
FOUR businessmen and a wicked fairy were put behind bars and held to ransom for £4,000 - to go to a good cause.
Jail 'n' bail mock arrests took place on Thursday throughout Bromley to raise money for Harris HospisCare.
Now in its fifth year, the event was done with the help of Police officers from the Bickley Safer Neighbourhood Team.
This year to add a twist a 'judge', Mitch Anthony from MTA Solicitors, was present at each arrest that included the live on-stage arrest of Carabosse the Wicked Fairy (Claire Sweeney) from Sleeping Beauty at the The Churchill theatre, Bromley. Chairman of Biggin Hill Airport, Andrew Walters, had his collar felt by the Old Bill and quipped after his charges had been made "I've been framed" whilst holding an empty wooden frame.
Mark Maidment, store manager from Orpington Sainsbury's in Orpington was also one of the 'felons' along with Walnuts centre manager, Martin Price, and Damian Triffitt from GlaxoSmithKline
Hospice community fundraiser Nicky White said: "Mr Maidment certainly did live up to one of his charges of having no dress sense by sporting a very comedy orange golf outfit all day.
"As part of their fundraising efforts, each of our 'felons' had to obtain an amount of bail money to secure their release or spend the morning languishing in jail."
They were charged and transported to Bromley Police Station in a riot police van. Once at the police station, they were held until all four made bail and, as a reward, a special buffet lunch with champagne was served.
PC Stuart Manuel, of the Bickley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "We had a great day yet again and the officers at the station haven't stopped talking about it, especially the arrest of Claire Sweeney."
The mayhem and fun raised £4,000 for Harris HospisCare to fund its services for terminally ill patients, their families and carers living in Bromley.