Woman, 104, arrested at care home by police to fulfil bucket list wish

By Lucia Binding, news reporter

A 104-year-old woman has ticked off another item on her bucket list after being arrested by the police.

Anne Brokenbrow, who has never fallen foul of the law, cheekily grinned as officers "detained" her inside a care home and bundled her into a waiting police car.

She had revealed her desire to be arrested as part of a charity scheme where residents write down what they want most at Stokeleigh Care Home in Bristol.

She wrote: "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 by the officers.

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."

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The care home described the day as "magical", writing on Facebook: "Anne got her wish to be arrested at the grand young age of 104 for being a good citizen!! It's something that she has always wanted to experience."

Image: Anne was bundled into a police car following her 'arrest'

Anne has been at the home for 10 months and is regularly visited by her granddaughter Sasha, and once worked as a secretary at the Robertson's jam factory.

PCSO Kelly Foyle 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 policing team, this is our beat, this is the most unusual request we've ever had certainly.

"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, 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 added: "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."

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