Norwich businessmen and woman ‘arrested’ for Norfolk Hospice charity

Eighteen people from across Norwich were today (Thursday) arrested, handcuffed and jailed – all in the name of charity.

The city business and community figures were detained at the Freemason's Lodge in St Giles Street until they were able to raise enough money through sponsorship to pay for their bail.

The 'hold up' event was organised by Norfolk Hospice, which supports patients, carers and families living with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, and raised �12,000.

One of the 'prisoners' was Gerry Batty, head teacher at Hellesdon High School, who was 'arrested' for supporting Arsenal.

He was arrested in front of pupils at the Middleton's Lane school and managed to pay his bail for his release with �600 raised by the pupils through a non-uniform day.

Mr Batty said: 'It was wonderful to take part and a privilege to be asked. It was really nice meeting all the different managers from different businesses and it's such a fantastic cause.'

Other prisoners included NatWest bankers John Hooper and Shaun Osborn, Taverham High School's head Ron Munson, Asda manager Dave Lennox and Bill Heath from the Holiday Inn at Carrow Road. Crimes committed included eating all the pies, being addicted to Diet Coke and looking like Boris Johnson.

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Once released, the prisoners were joined by the Lord Mayor of Norwich Jenny Lay for lunch to celebrate their freedom.

Jackie Cameron, fundraising manager, said: 'It went really and they all enjoyed themselves. It was great fun and they all said they would be happy to support us again. I would like to say thank you to everyone who took part.'

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