North Devon Council chairman Frank Biederman swapped ceremonial chains for a ball and chain to help raise thousands of pounds for Children’s Hospice South West.

The jailbird group at the Children's Hospice South West Jail & Bail event in Exeter Castle. Picture: Barnett Photo StudioThe jailbird group at the Children's Hospice South West Jail & Bail event in Exeter Castle. Picture: Barnett Photo Studio

Cllr Biederman spent the day 'behind bars' at Exeter Castle on Wednesday, October 30 to support the charity's Jail and Bail fundraiser.

He and six fellow 'jailbirds' were marched along Exeter High Street before being hauled before a judge, charged with fictitious crimes, thrown in the slammer and tasked with raising bail for their release.

Cllr Biederman, from Fremington, was charged with the serious crime of having a 'wardrobe malfunction' while carrying the Olympic torch through Barnstaple in 2012.

He said: "Despite common belief, my trousers did not actually fall down, but they came close! I had to stop and pass the touch to a police officer so I could tighten them. It made the national BBC news at the time."

Wardrobe malfunction: Frank Biederman has a little trouser trouble while carrying the Olympic torch through Barnstaple in 2012. Picture: Julie WicksWardrobe malfunction: Frank Biederman has a little trouser trouble while carrying the Olympic torch through Barnstaple in 2012. Picture: Julie Wicks

He and prisoners Lee Randal-Pybus of Devon Partnerships; Lesley Anderson of Hedgerow Marketing; Vic Williams of The Audacious Company; John Harvey of The Samphire Club; and Martin Lock and Nick Farrant from PKF Francis Clark raised more than £9,000 on the day for the charity's Little Bridge House children's hospice in Fremington.

Cllr Biederman added: "The children's hospice is an amazing place and a charity that I care deeply about. Living so close, I see first-hand on a daily basis the amazing work they do to support the children and families.

"None of us can comprehend what these families go through and the donations I received to help me raise my bail will help the hospice carry on the incredible work that it does.

"Thank you to everyone who donated - if you've never visited Little Bridge House, I strongly recommend you book a tour via their website and see the amazing work they do there for yourselves."

The Jail & Bail convicts hope soemone will raise their release fee during the Children's Hospice South West fundraiser at Exeter Castle. Picture: Barnett Photo StudioThe Jail & Bail convicts hope soemone will raise their release fee during the Children's Hospice South West fundraiser at Exeter Castle. Picture: Barnett Photo Studio

Little Bridge House gives children with a range of complex medical needs and their families the chance to enjoy precious time together.

Parents can take a break from being primary carers for a few days and brothers and sisters are supported by a dedicated sibling team.

The charity's corporate partnerships fundraiser, Mhairi Bass-Carruthers, said: "Well done to Frank and all our prisoners for being such good sports and giving up their time to raise so much money and awareness of Children's Hospice South West."