So… how is this about poverty again please? Or the disadvantaged? I look forward to the explanation in the light of this
Teenage Olympics 2012 ambassador Chelsea Ives is led into court in handcuffs yesterday accused of vandalising a police car.
In a major blow to the Games image, the talented athlete, 18, was also said to have smashed up a Phones4U shop in riots.
Her mum called 999 after apparently spotting her on TV. Adrienne, 47, said: “I had to do what was right.”
The teenager was one of the young role models picked to encourage youngsters to take up sport in the run-up to 2012.
She has met Olympics chief Sebastian Coe, Boris Johnson and footballer Martin Keown. In 2009, Ives was invited to the Commons after the success of a football project run by Leyton Orient community sport programme.
But on Sunday night she was captured on camera allegedly causing more than £5,000 damage by hurling bricks at a police car in Enfield, North London.
Westminster magistrates court was told Ives boasted to friends she had “the best day ever”.
Becky Owen, prosecuting, claimed the youngster also led an attack on a phone store. She said: “She was first to pick up masonry and hurl it at the window.”
Following the case, mum Adrienne said the decision to call police about her daughter was “gut wrenching”.
But Mrs Ives added: “My husband and I were watching the news and it was absolutely sickening. And then we saw our daughter. I could not believe it.
“She won’t thank us. I will be portrayed as a b**** – but what were we supposed to do?”
Ives denied two charges of burglary, violent disorder and attacking a police car. She was refused bail and remanded in custody until next week when she will appear in court again.
Thugs convicted of the rioting will be banned from working as security at the Olympics.
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