The strong arm of the law is reaching out to throw the People’s Commissioner Paddy Tipping into the dank, dark dungeons of Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice. And he’s banking on the public to bail him out.
Our county’s Police and Crime Commissioner is charged with impersonating the Chief Constable – a dastardly deed which could keep him in shackles for many a year.
He is, however, relieved to know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. He’s been told that his best hope fora ‘get out of jail free card’ is to raise a minimum of £1,000 in bail money which will then be forfeited to help prevent homelessness.
Shocked to the core by the charges against him, he maintains he is innocent. “I’ve been framed,” he insists, “and the finger of suspicion points to Framework, a charity that supports homeless people in Nottinghamshire.
“They are certainly at the back of this as they’ve summoned me to appear for trial at the Galleries of Justice on Thursday, 16 May, and are threatening to lock me up in the cells. So between now and then I’m really hoping that the good and generous-hearted souls of this fair county will help me raise my bail and get me out of there!”
In fact, now that he knows there’s away out, the Commissioner says he will gladly suffer the indignities of having the Riot Act read to him if it helps to provide housing-related support for rough sleepers.
“The work that Framework does is a lifeline to thousands in Nottinghamshire, the East Midlands and South Yorkshire,” he points out. “It offers not just accommodation but also services aimed at fostering hope and stability for a wide range of people who need more than just a helping hand.”
Framework’s services include its skills for independence programme, help with overcoming drugs or alcohol misuse, and support for ex-offenders and people with mental health issues.
Already a proven supporter of the charity, the Commissioner joined its Big Snore event on a freezing night in Mansfield last December. Volunteers from far and wide bedded down in St Mark’s Church car park helping to raise more than £15,000 to enable rough sleepers in the area get their lives back on track and move towards independent living.
People taking pity on Paddy and his Jail & Bail escapade can make donations in a number of ways. They can sponsor him through http://www.frameworkha.org/support_us/fundraising/jail_bail/paddy_tipping and clicking on the Bail Him Out button at the bottom of the page or they can text a donation. Supporters wishing to donate, for example £10 for his bail, via phone are asked to text: PADT13 £10 to the number 70070.
Media Enquires: Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401
Posted on Tuesday 23rd April 2013