Fundrais­ers saved by the bail

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A SOLIC­I­TOR and a med­i­cal clerk were among re­spected mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who were hand­cuffed, ar­rested and banged up at Ruis­lip po­lice sta­tion on Fri­day last week, writes Zoe Drewett.

There was only one way to get out of the cells at Ruis­lip po­lice sta­tion in The Oaks: raise some se­ri­ous ‘bail money’.

The al­le­ga­tions against the five ranged from cat bur­glary to Face­book ad­dic­tion, but their de­ten­tion was all part of Michael So­bell Hospice’s Jail and Bail fundrais­ing event, which brought in £4,000.

Those who took on the chal­lenge were asked to raise money be­fore the event and then spend time in the cell, with a mo­bile phone and a list of con­tacts, un­til fur­ther cash was raised to re­lease them.

David Durn, a solic­i­tor at David Durn and Co in High Street, Ruis­lip, was locked up for crimes against fash­ion – guilty of wear­ing odd socks.

“I have had var­i­ous friends and fam­ily who have un­for­tu­nately had to go to the hospice but have had great care there and it’s an amaz­ing lo­cal char­ity that we have al­ways sup­ported,” he said.

After be­ing hand­cuffed out­side Michael So­bell Hospice in North­wood and taken in a po­lice van to the sta­tion, the jail­birds were fin­ger­printed and pho­tographed in one of the cells.

See www.getwest london.co.uk for more pic­tures and a video

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

n LOCKED UP: Lind­say O’Cal­laghan and Natalie Hut­ton get their last glimpse of free­dom for a while; (left) PC Ja­nine McCor­mack ar­rests David Durn

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