Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Innocent have-a-go hero in cells for ten hours

As a former traffic warden and store detective with two police commendations to her name, Wendy Challis-Jones is all too familiar with tackling lawbreakers.

So when the 39-year-old spotted a man chasing a teenager who had stolen his bicycle, she instinctively waded in and carried out a citizen's arrest.

But moments later when police arrived on the scene she was arrested by an officer on suspicion of assault.

Miss Challis-Jones was said to have attacked the youth while grabbing him from the stolen bike. Instead of giving her the benefit of the doubt and taking her details pending further investigation, the stunned motorist was locked up in a police cell for 10 hours.

She was treated in the same way as the criminal suspect she caught.

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