Manc nan arrested as one of her final wishes after ‘being good all her life’

Pam Smith / Twitter

A 93-year-old nan from north Manchester was ‘arrested’ by GMP after they were told it was a request on her bucket list.

The great-great-grandma was subsequently nicked at her house by officers, who took her into custody in the back of a van.

Josie Birds said she wanted to be arrested because she’d been good all her life. The experience was organised by a family friend, with two off-duty police officers coming round last Saturday afternoon to put the cuffs on.

Her granddaughter Pam Smith posted the photos on Twitter. According to her: “She is quite poorly now and wanted to do something ‘naughty’ while she still has the strength to enjoy it.”

Pam told Granada Reports:

They accused her of robbing a Co-op and her response was, 'I don't do my shopping in Co-op'. They put her in handcuffs and took her to the police station in the back of the van, where they 'questioned' her rigorously. She wanted to go into the cells too, but they drew the line at that and gave her tea and cake instead. She was lit up all day Sunday talking about it, and she is still excited about her experience.
Pam Smith / Twitter

Josie married her husband Alf after meeting him at Avro Energy where they both worked. She has six daughters, 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The incident ‘put a smile on her face’, and it’s amazing to see the police doing things like this for the community. From everyone at The Manc we wish Josie all the best.

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