Ordinarily, when police launch a dawn raid to arrest high-profile ‘suspects’ the accused do not get much warning.
But, one such perpetrator has been given a generous heads-up in advance of being taken into custody.
Borough and county councillor Sarah Stamp was tipped off by St Nicholas Hospice Care, the charity behind a jail and bail fund-raising event taking place on March 7.
The fund-raiser will see 12 of the great and good of Bury St Edmunds visited by Special Constables and put into cuffs before being taken to the Police Investigation Centre, in Rougham Road, to have their fingerprints taken.
They will only be released once they have each raised £500 bail, for the hospice.
Abby Mayes, hospice corporate fund-raiser, said: “Sarah is set to be arrested on suspicion of over-use of social media. Unless she can change her ways before March 7, the police van will be swooping and she will end up in custody – without access to WiFi – until she has raised as much bail money as possible.”
Sarah said: “I was really pleased to be asked to take part in this challenge, particularly as the hospice is based in my division. Having visited and spoken to those that it helps, I can honestly say that the work the hospice does makes a huge difference to families and individuals in crisis.
“I’m pleased not only to be able to play a small part in fund-raising but also to raise awareness of their services, which extend far further than the end of life care that most people believe.
“The challenge for me is finding people who will pay to get me out of jail - It’s easier to find those who would pay to keep me in there and my Twitter feed silent!”
The hospice has unearthed a long list of crimes – some against fashion, others against colleagues – alleged to have been committed by the top secret list of characters set to be raided by the police on Friday.
Abby said: “Unfortunately I can’t divulge the exact list of suspects or the details of their crimes, because their arrests need to be a surprise.
“However, I am confident that they will each be able to raise their bail money, all of which goes to a very good cause. The hospice will use the funds raised by jail and bail to help care for patients facing life-shortening illnesses and their families in West Suffolk and Thetford.”