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Panto star held for ransom’

PUBLISHED: 17:42 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 12 August 2010

POLICE will have their work cut out next month as a number of high profile arrests are due to take place. Bromley businesses have agreed to offer up felons as part of the Harris HospisCare with St Christopher s Jail n Bail fundraiser. A panto star

POLICE will have their work cut out next month as a number of high profile 'arrests' are due to take place.

Bromley businesses have agreed to offer up 'felons' as part of the Harris HospisCare with St Christopher's Jail 'n' Bail fundraiser.

A panto star of The Churchill, Bromley and staff from Sainsbury's and Biggin Hill Airport will be locked up by real police officers on December 10.

They will only be released after friends and colleagues raise at least £500 for the Orpington charity that provides specialist services to care for people with life-threatening illnesses.

The Churchill has given the go ahead for one of the cast of Sleeping Beauty, which stars Claire Sweeney and Kev Orkian, to be arrested live on stage at the end of the matinee performance. Last year's event raised £12,000. Jail 'n' Bail felons will be arrested, charged and hand-cuffed by real police officers and taken to jail in a police van.

But when they get there, instead of the customary porridge, they'll be treated to a champagne reception.

Previous 'felons' have included the Mayor's Consort Martin Reddin, Councillor Tim Stevens and the Town Centre manager Ian Payne.

Nicky White, Community Fundraiser at Harris HospisCare said: "We're looking for more local business people to take part. It's such fun, the police are great and the people looking on think it is for real at first."

n Anyone interested in taking part should call Ms White on 01689 825755.

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