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Let's be having you! Grandmother, 104, finally gets her bucket list wish to be arrested because she had 'never been on the wrong side of the law'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 20/03/2019 Darren Boyle for MailOnline

This is the moment 104-year-old Anne Brokenbrow, pictured along with PCSO Kelly Foyle, right, and PC Stephen Harding, left, is 'arrested' at the Stokeleigh Care Home in Bristol today © Associated Newspapers Ltd This is the moment 104-year-old Anne Brokenbrow, pictured along with PCSO Kelly Foyle, right, and PC Stephen Harding, left, is 'arrested' at the Stokeleigh Care Home in Bristol today A 104-year-old woman who has never been in trouble with the law has been 'arrested' by police as part of a bucket list wish. 

Anne Brokenbrow, who is a resident at Stokeleigh Care Home in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, was 'detained' by two officers as part of a charity event. 

The home is one of five facilities in the area participating in the Wishing Washing Line initiative. 

PC Stephen Harding and his colleague PCSO Kelly Foyle arrived at the home this morning to perform the arrest before escorting her to the car. 

Mrs Brokenbrow, who is a former secretary, filled out a form which stunned staff at the care home. 

She wrote: 'My wish is... to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.'

Today, two officers arrived at the care home and 'arrested' Mrs Brokenbrow and took her for a run in a police car. 

Mrs Brokenbrow stunned staff at the home when she said she wanted to be arrested as she has never been on the wrong side of the law © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Brokenbrow stunned staff at the home when she said she wanted to be arrested as she has never been on the wrong side of the law

 Mrs Brokenbrow said she'd enjoyed being on the wrong side of the law for a change.

She said: '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.'

Care home resident's wishes were pegged on a 'wishing washing line;' at nearby Co-op stores last week, in the hope a shopper will see it and offer to help make it come true. a group of people in a room: Mrs Brokenbrow described today's adventure as 'a very pleasant interlude' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Brokenbrow described today's adventure as 'a very pleasant interlude'

Anne's note read: 'My wish is... to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.'

Today her wish came true. Mrs Brokenbrow said: 'It was a very pleasant interlude. And its been a very eventful day. I get to a lot of different activities here - I have a go at everything, they're very nice to me.

'I've got grandchildren, all fit and well - I hear a lot from them and see them quite often,' she added.

a couple of people that are standing in the street: A member of staff wheeled Mrs Brokenbrow out to the police car along with PC Harding, left, and PCSO Foyle, right © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A member of staff wheeled Mrs Brokenbrow out to the police car along with PC Harding, left, and PCSO Foyle, right

Mrs Brokenbrow, who is 104 and has dementia, has been at the home for 10 months, where she is regularly visited by her granddaughter Sasha who she raised.

'I was a secretary at the Robertsons jam factory for many years,' she said.

'I worked in the offices there. I didn't do anything very special but I worked quite hard.'

PCSO Kelly Foyle helped in the arrest. She said, 'My colleague PC Stephen Harding arrested her, as far as I know she's the oldest person he's arrested.. She was smiling, she had a lovely time.

'This all started when I received an email for the charity. We're part of the neighbourhood pol team, this is our beat, this is the most unusual request we've ever had certainly.

a group of people posing for the camera: The local police team said they were happy to help Mrs Brokenbrow with her bucket list wish © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The local police team said they were happy to help Mrs Brokenbrow with her bucket list wish

'I got the email and I thought 'wow what an amazing thing to wish for', it explained that she'd never been in trouble with the law and she's 104 and she would just like the experience of being arrested, was so I emailed back saying 'yes were happy to be on board'.

'She did come quietly, and she wanted to be handcuffed so we very gently applied the handcuffs and escorted her down to the police car.

PCSO Rob Cole said: 'It was our first time arresting anyone at a care home. She was surprised to see us, I don't think she could remember at first that she'd wanted to be arrested.

'But when she saw us and the handcuffs were coming out she went along with it then - she didn't resist or anything.

Simon Bernstein chief exec of alive activities who run the 'wishing washing line scheme', he said: 'Our charity provides lots of creative activities for older people and engage the community in coming into care homes.

a man wearing a hat: Mrs Brokenbrow, pictured wearing a police hat, enjoyed her unusual bucket list experience © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Brokenbrow, pictured wearing a police hat, enjoyed her unusual bucket list experience

'It can be very boring and quite lonely sometimes - with the best will in the world, some of the care staff don't have the time to engage people in meaningful activities.

He said the wishing washing line idea - which originated in Essex - had been a great success so far with many residents making wishes.

'It can be as simple as going to the pub for a pint, or having somebody to knit with or play bridge with, it can be anything.

'One man said he wanted to see Elvis - but you can't make every wish come true.'

Simon explained that some elderly people might actually be better off in prison, at least in terms of fresh air.

He said: 'There's a real irony in Anne being arrested today because I've been told on average people living in a care home in the UK only get to go outdoors and breath fresh air for four minutes a month.

'That's actually less than prisoners.'

a close up of text on a white background: Mrs Brokenbrow filled out the form as part of the Bristol Wishing Washing Line © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Brokenbrow filled out the form as part of the Bristol Wishing Washing Line

Care home manager Alex said Anne was their first resident to be arrested by police.

She said: 'Anne has been a resident here over 10 months, she's definitely a character - she's got a beautiful and a great sense of humour.

'She usually brings a smile to the carers' faces.

'We were a little bit surprised when she came up with her wish, who would expect from a 104 to want to be arrested.

'But it's been great.

a group of people posing for a photo: Mrs Brokenbrow, pictured in 1937 with her husband Ronnie, who died 35 years ago © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Brokenbrow, pictured in 1937 with her husband Ronnie, who died 35 years ago

With the wishing washing line scheme only a couple of weeks old, Alex said it was great that their first resident's wish had been fulfilled in such a spectacular fashion.

a person posing for the camera: Mrs Brokenbrow, pictured in 1935 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Brokenbrow, pictured in 1935 She said: 'We've got a couple of others - one resident wished to have bikers come here and rev the engines, one would like to go in a Rolls Royce and have a ride, and another resident would like to drive a car because he never has.'

a person smiling for the camera: Mrs Brokenbrow pictured in 1978 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Brokenbrow pictured in 1978 Alex said a motorcycle club had already volunteered to come to the home and fulfil the next resident's wish. 

The paper slips are then attached to a 'washing line' at nearby Coop stores.

a person wearing a mask: This photograph of Mrs Bokenbrow was taken in 1919 when she was aged four © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This photograph of Mrs Bokenbrow was taken in 1919 when she was aged four The idea is that shoppers will stop to look at the wishes and if they think they can grant one then they can contact the elderly person behind it.

a sign on the side of a tree: Residents at the Bristol care home, pictured, were asked about bucket list items. Some responded they wished to go for a spin in a Rolls Royce while others fancied visiting a motorcycle club. Mrs Brokenbrow came back with the most unusual request © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Residents at the Bristol care home, pictured, were asked about bucket list items. Some responded they wished to go for a spin in a Rolls Royce while others fancied visiting a motorcycle club. Mrs Brokenbrow came back with the most unusual request The Wishing Washing Line project launched in Bristol this month, having already helped thousands of elderly people in Essex.  

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