GALLERY: ‘Trial’ of those accused of self promotion, being too Welsh, being a geek and wearing wife’s tights raises £20,000

PUBLISHED: 12:43 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 28 March 2013

Penny Walkinshaw feels the strong arm of the law

Penny Walkinshaw feels the strong arm of the law


A SPELL in the dock for 17 of Cambridgeshire’s most eminent individuals – rounded up by former chief constable Julie Spence - has raised £20,000 for charity.

Ely's Brian Ashton is collared Ely's Brian Ashton is collared

The group of 17 ‘criminals’ included Lord John de Ramsey and Penny Walkinshaw, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.

Also in the dock were Sir Keith Pearson, Chairman of Health Education England, and Councillor Brian Ashton of Ely, the deputy police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire.

The Jail and Bail event was organised by Ormiston Children & Families Trust - the most the charity has ever raised from a single fundraising event.

Locally Ormiston supports children and families affected by imprisonment, run two children’s centres in March and Chatteris, deliver a Travellers Health Advocacy Project and offer a range of parenting support programmes.

Jail and Bail participants

Brian Ashton - Deputy Police Commissioner, Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Crime: Mercilessly scrutinising financial reports

Chris Banks - Partner, Banks Cannell LP

Crime: Assault with intent to cause harm to a personal computer

Nicholas Bewes - Managing Director, The Howard Group

Crime: Persistently disturbing the peace in the office

Lord John De Ramsey

Crime: For being both a Lord and a lunatic

Hugh Duberly - Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Crime: Displayed a cut-out of the Queen at a recent garden party

Major Erik Duitkiewicz - Commander, USAF Alconbury/Molesworth/Upwood

Crime: Tax avoidance – as a US citizen, having established a household without paying taxes to Her Majesty

David Gill - Managing Director, St Johns Innovation Centre

Crime: Wilful use of Mac computers contrary to Section 7 of the Common Sense Act of 2010

Dr Andy Harter - Chief Executive Officer, Real VNC

Crime: Being a geek in a public place – a repeat offender

Andy Hebb - Chief Superintendent, Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Crime: Impersonating a police officer by wearing multiple socks to meet height requirement when first recruited

Rick Hylton - Area Manager, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Crime: Wearing his wife’s tights on the football pitch

Patrick McMahon - Senior Partner, Bidwells

Crime: For being too Welsh, and suggesting renaming Bidwells ‘Bidwelsh’

Chris Parkhouse - Managing Director & Chairman East of England IoD, Deyton Bell

Crime: Lurking around the river - wanted by the River Police

Sir Keith Pearson - Health Education England & British American Committee USAF Alconbury/Molesworth

Crime: None specified

Francesca Rust - Student Union President, Anglia Ruskin University

Crime: Changing the University name to ‘Franglia Rustin’ in my publicity, thus infringing copyright.

Richard Townley - Chair of Trustees, Ormiston Children & Families Trust

Crime: Persistently acting like lord of the manor

Dr Attila Vegh - Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust

Crime: Shameless self-promotion and over-exposure on the Trust’s website

The fun day of fund raising involved all 17 being ‘arrested’ for heinous crimes against society which included GBH to a work computer and even being “too Welsh”!

An Ormiston spokesman said: “The motley crew was taken to court where they were prosecuted and told they would not be released until they had raised enough bail for Ormiston, which is one of the leading children’s charities in East Anglia.”

The event was organised by Ms Spence and now an Ormiston trustee.

She said: “I cannot thank the participants enough for their support at Jail & Bail; their enthusiasm, sense of fun and sheer exuberance for the event and the charity made it an extraordinarily valuable day, not just because of the amount of money raised but because it helped to raise the profile of Ormiston too.

The "convicts" are gathered in the dock at Cambridge Crown Court The "convicts" are gathered in the dock at Cambridge Crown Court

“Thanks to our ‘criminals’, there are now hundreds of people who know the name ‘Ormiston’ who didn’t know about us before and weren’t aware of the important and difficult work we do with some of the most challenged children and families not just in Cambridgeshire, but across the whole of East Anglia.”

A spokesman for Ormiston said: “We are one of the leading children’s charities in the East of England.

“We identify and respond to the needs of children, whatever challenges they face. Our vision is of a world in which every child will be loved, nurtured and valued.

“We are a pioneering children’s charity, with a reputation for ground-breaking work, seeking out the children and families most at risk in our society and continuously researching and evaluating the impact of our work with them.

Andy Harter is arrested Andy Harter is arrested

“Last year we helped over 130,000 children and families through difficult and challenging times in their lives.

“We currently have over 40 services across the region, including children’s centres and visiting support services in prison, family intervention projects and parenting support programmes.

“More information on the charity is available from”.


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