‘It’s a fair cop!’ – care home grants resident’s wish to get arrested


A 104-year-old care home resident has had her wish to be arrested by the police granted.

Anne Brokenbrow, who lives at Hartford Care’s Stokeleigh care home near Bristol, stunned care home staff by making the unusual request on her wish form as part of Alive Activities’ ‘The Wishing Washing Line’ project.

Mrs Brokenbrow’s wish read: “My wish is… to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.”

Police from Somerset and Avon Police teams were very happy to grant Mrs Brokenbrow’s wish with a meet and greet, friendly chat and a quick ride in their police car as a ride along experience.

Alive CEO, Simon Bernstein, who witnessed the arrest, said: “It was lovely to see the smile on Anne’s face as she sat in the police car with handcuffs on and the blue lights flashing. Alive believes it’s important older people can live happy, fulfilled lives and one way to achieve this is by listening to what they want and doing all we can to make it happen.”

Stokeleigh’s care home manager, Alex Mazur-Kruszynska, said: “Our residents lead active lives and have varied interests that they want to pursue, and we do everything we can to make their dreams a reality. It has been great to work with the team at Alive Activities because we can share ideas and create something special that will make the residents smile. I’m excited to see how the wishes from the residents will be granted because it will really make their day!”

Alive Activities works in over 300 care homes and day centres across south and south-west England.


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