BUSINESSMEN and women were taken to jail for charity.
Staff at companies throughout Portsmouth, Fareham and Southampton were shocked to see their bosses arrested in aid of the Rainbow Centre.
Centre director Lara Bull said: ‘The jail and bail event was part of our 25th year anniversary events.’
The professionals from across the area were arrested for a variety of ridiculous ‘crimes’ such as northerners moaning about the taste of southern beer.
Working with officers from Hampshire Constabulary the prisoners were arrested at their workplace before being escorted to the van to the HMS Warrior which acted as the secret prison for the day.
‘They were then given a talking to by Tim Ash the captain of HMS Warrior and given their black and white going to jail outfits then taken down to the cells.’
‘We chose HMS Warrior as it was something special for those involved as they were giving up their time,’ said Lara.
Before being arrested all participants had to fundraise for up to £1,000 which would act as their bail money.
Lara said: ‘Through donations and with the help of their GoFundMe pages some had raised £2,000 even before they had been arrested.’
Each prisoner’s bail money will be used to provide at least 10 two-hour sessions at the centre for children with cerebral palsy.
Companies signed up for the Jail and Bail event included: Solent Mobility, Aerial Communications and Matchtech Group.
In total the day raised £15,000 for the centre.