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Bailed out for the blind

PUBLISHED: 19:04 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

IT TOOK a great deal of cash to get some of Ipswich's top business people out of jail.

Businessmen and women from around the town were arrested, handcuffed and jailed in Christchurch Mansion in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

IT TOOK a great deal of cash to get some of Ipswich's top business people out of jail.

Businessmen and women from around the town were arrested, handcuffed and jailed in Christchurch Mansion in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The final amount from the charity event for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) is expected to be around £10,800.

Each of the 15 prisoners had to call friends, colleagues and business contacts to stump up at least £500 each as bail money to send to the RNIB.

But their efforts surpassed everything that organiser and deputy jailer Louise Lawes had expected. She said: "My target was around £8,000 so it was great that we got more than £10,000. "I am really pleased."

This is the fifth year running that the charity has run the successful event.

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