UK Riot 2011: Adrienne Ives (Mother of Olympic ambassador Chelsea Ives)

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Honor (and good parenting) lives!

A teenage girl accused of trashing a police car during the ongoing London riots has been arrested — after her parents allegedly spotted her doing it on TV and called the police. Adrienne Ives told the Sun she has no regrets about turning her daughter, Chelsea, over to the police. She said she and her husband were watching television coverage of the riots Sunday when they recognized their daughter attacking the car. “We were watching the riots. It was sickening. Then we saw her. To say we were shocked…” Adrienne said. “I love her. But look at what she’s done. These riots have cost people their jobs and even lives. We are going through hell.” Chelsea, described as smart and athletic and among a group of Londoners picked to serve as “ambassadors” for the 2012 Olympics, cried when her parents confronted her, her father Roger said. “There were a lot of tears. She did not try to stop us phoning the police, she knew there was no point,” he said. “The policeman said we had been brave. It was devastating when she was led away. I don’t want my daughter to prison. But we would do the same thing again.” Prosecutors say she threw a rock through a store before yelling to her friend, “This is the best day ever!” Then, along with a group of a dozen rioters, she is alleged to have started attacking a squad car, throwing a brick and hitting it with a plastic road barrier. Chelsea denied charges of burglary, violent disorder and causing £5,000 of damage to a police car and has been remanded into custody. Here mother spoke to the local news about the decision to turn her daughter in,

This piece first broadcast on 12 Aug 2011. Televised on UK’s satellite television Sky News

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