Eight upstanding members of the local community were thrown in the slammer this week and asked to raise £1,000 bail for their release.

But it was all in a good cause, as part of North Devon Hospice’s first ever Jail Break event.

The group managed to raise £9,950 in just one day, to help the hospice provide its care locally.

The prisoners included Rob Braddick of Braddick’s Leisure; businessman Rob Malek; Gillian Jones, a partner at Toller Beattie; photographer Andy Casey and George Hammett from The Voice.

And three mayors were also put behind bards: mayor of Barnstaple Julie Hunt; mayor of Bideford Dermot McGeough; and mayor of Torrington Sue Mills.

Each ‘inmate’ had to raise £1,000 through an online fundraising page, in order to get out of jail. Rob Braddick was the first to hit this total.

Ali Hunt, head of fundraising at North Devon Hospice, said: “It was a huge amount of fun, and I must say a massive thank you to our ‘prisoners’ for being such good sports and raising an amazing amount for our hospice.”