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A SCHOOL assembly in Stockton looked on as its headteacher was handcuffed and bundled into the back of a police van.

Dave Bellett was then driven from Holy Trinity Primary to spend a couple of lonely hours in the cells at Billingham Police Station.

Luckily, his arresting performance was all part of a fundraiser for the school.

And pupils helped him earn his freedom by agreeing to pay PS1 each to "bail him out".

Speaking after his ordeal, Mr Bellett, said: "It was certainly an experience. It was exceptionally cold in the cells and I'm only just starting to warm up now.

"Thank goodness the children agreed to pay for my release!" Community police officer PC Sarah Troy arrested Mr Bellett just after a morning assembly, joined by two "deputies", Haley Richardson and Rachel Gunn, both 10-year-old pupils at the school.

They were selected after winning a writing competition organised by PC Troy.

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| Dave Bellett, headteacher of Holy Trinity School in Stockton, is arrested by Sgt Colin Whitfield with the help of Hayley Richardson and Rachael Gunn

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2016
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