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Miss Northern Ireland Rebekah Shirley now a jailbird in aid of kids' hospice

By Claire Williamson

She's been locked up - but it's all for a good cause.

Miss Northern Ireland Rebekah Shirley was "arrested" and put behind bars yesterday as part of the annual Northern Ireland Hospice Christmas Jailbreak.

She first became known to police for being in "possession of a fake Mulberry".

But yesterday Northern Ireland Children's Hospice issued a warrant for the arrest of Miss NI in connection with being accused of "jewellery theft".

She will be held in custody at Crumlin Road Gaol until £3,000 is raised in bail or pledged to secure her release before Christmas. But she's not alone in her "criminal" activities as she joins a host of local familiar faces from the worlds of politics, television and showbiz who have pledged to live the simple life locked up in aid of the Children's Hospice.

They include comedian Tim McGarry, panto star May McFettridge and MLA Anna Lo.

The team of 17 handed themselves over to police custody at Crumlin Road Gaol yesterday until bail is secured for their release.

All funds from this challenge event will go towards supporting the Children's Hospice services this Christmas.

Money raised will go directly towards providing care and support for children with life limiting conditions, and their families over the Christmas period.

Northern Ireland Children's Hospice is the only service of its type in the province caring for children and young people with very complex needs.

There are over 1,300 life-limited children and young people and their families living in Northern Ireland who need the specialist care that only the Children's Hospice can provide.

To lend your support to the Children's Hospice visit the Just Giving page of your favourite jailbird.

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