Most people try to avoid getting in trouble with the police. But for one lady, getting ‘arrested’ was on her ‘to-do’ list.
Anne Brokenbrow, having never previously come to police notice, smiled as officers “detained” her inside her care home before putting her into a waiting police car and taking her for a quick spin.
Ms Brokenbrow had made her desire to be arrested known as part of a charity scheme where residents at the Stokeleigh Care Home in Bristol write down what they want the most.
“My wish is… to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.”
Anne, who has dementia, was put in handcuffs by PC Stephen Harding and his colleague PCSO Kelly Foyle before being taken for a drive-around by the officers who had volunteered to help make Anne’s dreams come true.
“I had a lovely day, it was interesting. Nothing like that ever happened to me before. They put the handcuffs on, I had the lot.
“What did it feel like being a criminal? Well, it will make me much more careful of what I say and do. But the police were very nice throughout.”
A spokesperson for Alive Activities, who helped arrange the ‘incident’, said:
“Anne’s wish has now been fulfilled! We just hope it doesn’t lead to a care home crime spree..”
Alive is one of the leading practitioners in the UK of meaningful activity for older people in care. They provide fun and dynamic activity sessions to encourage creativity, celebrate life stories and get the circulation going.
Alive’s website states:
‘We’re different to other activity providers because we enable older people to shape the content and direction of Alive sessions, which include the use of new technology, guided reminiscence, creative, energising and physical activities.
‘We entertain but we’re more than entertainers. We engage older people in meaningful ways using a variety of tools and techniques tried and tested over the last 10 years’.
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