104–year-old woman demands to be arrested before she dies, says she has never broken the law


A 104-year-old woman has revealed her wish to be arrested despite never committing a crime – and the police seem happy to oblige.

Anne Brokenbrow stunned care home staff who asked residents to fill in a form asking for their ‘wishes’.

Mrs Brokenbrow’s read: “My wish is… to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.”

Local policing teams in Stoke Bishop were very happy to grant Mrs Brokenbrow’s wish and she is due to be taken into custody for the first time ever next week.

Mrs Brokenbrow, is a resident at Stokeleigh Care Home in Stoke Bishop, Bristol and has dementia.

The home is one of five in the north of the city that is participating in the Wishing Washing Line initiative, run by elderly people’s charity Alive Activities.

Mrs Brokenbrow is a former secretary who worked at James Roberts & Son Manufacturers in Bristol.

Other resident’s wishes include riding in a Rolls Royce, visiting a motorcycle club, a hand massage, and a cuddle with a poodle.

The paper slips are attached to a ‘washing line’ at nearby Coop stores, Anne’s wish was among the first to be pegged to the line at the Co-op in Bishopston, in Bristol.

The idea is that shoppers will stop to look at the wishes and if they think they can grant one then they can contact the elderly person behind it.

The Wishing Washing Line project launched in Bristol on March 1 having helped thousands of elderly people in Essex.

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