BAD COP: Senior Constable Aaron Corles and Constable Renee Hogan guard the prisoner Sgt Bruce Pratt.
BAD COP: Senior Constable Aaron Corles and Constable Renee Hogan guard the prisoner Sgt Bruce Pratt. CONTRIBUTED Emetime

EMERALD'S well-known residents behind bars for Time4Kids

EMERALD'S most prominent residents found themselves handcuffed and behind bars at the Central Highlands Market Place on Saturday.

The Time4Kids fundraising event, which happened throughout Australia last week, locked up local personalities who would only be released once enough bail was collected.

"It went really well it was lots of fun and there was lots of laughter," Emerald PCYC relief branch manager Julia Henderson said.

"The community was very generous and it went very well," she said.

"We are still counting the bail money but it's at $4800 which is almost double the amount we collected last year."

From a councillor and his State of Origin playing son in Paul and Steve Bell, to a police sergeant, four school principals, a sports teacher and Loretta Gaudron of Russels Auto Electrics - who posted the highest bail raising $754 - all did time in the lock up to fundraise for youth crime prevention.

The money is used for local programs to divert youths from reoffending and to keep them out of juvenile detention.

"It is the PCYC signature annual fundraising event and the money goes to crime prevention programs targeting youth at risk," Ms Henderson said.

There was a jail break into one of the shops they tracked down via family members, but all prisoners made bail and were released on the day.


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