Officers from Merseyside Police who locked up company bosses and celebrities for charity on Friday have already raised more than £12,000 for the Princes Trust.
In total, twelve people spent time locked in the custody cells at Belle Vale police station, including actors Paul Barber, Samantha Giles and Philip Olivier.
The event got underway with Paul’s mock arrest in the middle of Liverpool One, much to the surprise, and delight, of the hundreds of shoppers passing by at the time.
Paul and Philip Olivier spent the whole night in the cells, along with Sir Michael Bibby from the Bibby Line Group, Peter Jackson from Hill Dickinson LLP and Julie Fadden from the South Liverpool Housing Group.
The event was the idea of Inspector Paul Court, who said: “The success of the event and the amount of money we have raised have surpassed all my expectations.
“We have already secured donations totalling £12,300 and I’m hopeful this figure will be even more by the time we’ve finished.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who pledged money to keep them locked up!  I’d also like to say thank you to the scores of shoppers in Liverpool One whose generosity raised a very healthy £250 in the small number of minutes it took for Paul to be ‘arrested’.
“All the people who were locked up were full of good humour, despite the testing conditions, and helped make it a hugely enjoyable and very special 24 hours for everyone involved.  I know all the officers who volunteered their time to take part also found it really rewarding.
“The Princes’ Trust is doing vital work right here on Merseyside to help some of our disadvantaged young people to have a brighter and more successful future and I know that every single penny that we have raised will make a big difference to people’s lives here in our city.”
Actor Paul Barber said: “I’ve previously been in the care system myself and I know how challenging it can be for kids today. I wanted to support both the Princes’ Trust and Merseyside Police with this fantastic charity event.”
Sir Michael Bibby, who is also the Liverpool Committee Chairman of the Princes Trust, said:  I was really keen to support both the Princes’ Trust and Merseyside Police. The police team have made an exceptional effort and it’s incumbent on us to back them for such a great cause.”
Samantha Giles said: “It’s been an amazing experience and it’s been great to be supporting such a good cause. The Princes’ Trust is doing vital work on Merseyside and I’m proud to be playing my part in supporting them.”
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