Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward has been arrested and held in a police cell overnight – now the police officer has admitted she was “unlawfully detained”.
A police officer admitted he had “unlawfully arrested” Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward for drunk and disorderly conduct after a Jewish man accused her of assaulting him.
Ward, who is married to former Premier League footballer Ashley Ward, is said to have verbally abused Jewish brothers Jake and Sam Jacobs in London Euston back in October 2019.
The 48-year-old is said to have yelled, “Why do you guys always bitch so much?” before calling the men “Jewish c***s”.
The court heard Ward also named Ah yesJake’s friend Samantha Eisner, who told jurors her grandfather was an Auschwitz survivor, a “minor illness.”
The Crown Court of Inner London, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, heard Ward smack Jake Jacobs with an “open palm”.
She denies two counts of racial harassment, one count of assault and possession of cocaine.
Testifying today, British transport police officer James Springhall admitted he was still in training when called to the Euston incident and had not previously arrested “many” suspects.
The court heard Mr Springhall took Ward from Euston’s Hall to a police suite and “wrongly” arrested her for drunk and disorderly conduct.
Lisa Judge, who is defending Ward, said: “There is one wrongful arrest. She sits in a room and repeatedly tells you that she didn’t do it.
Mr. Springhall replied: “A short time later.”
Ms Judge continued: “You obviously realized what you had done was wrong, so you arrested her again. She remained handcuffed for a while – she shouldn’t have been handcuffed, should she?”
Mr. Springhall said, “No.”
The officer also agreed that it was possible Ward could be released and invited for an interview at a later date – rather than being arrested and held in a police cell overnight.
Ms Judge asked Mr Springhall: “Do you feel let down by the system you are working in based on what you now know?”
Mr Springhall said: “A little, yes.”
Ms Judge made a number of other criticisms of the police investigation into the incident – including whether the officer had sufficient time to analyze CCTV footage from Euston Station and “inconsistencies” in the statements made by the alleged victim.
When asked if he would welcome his mother being prosecuted based on the evidence presented against Ward, Mr Springhall replied: “No.”
The jury also saw footage of Ward’s bag being searched at Wembley Police Station when a small bag of cocaine was found in a packet of cigarettes.
Ward was seen in the footage looking tearful and shaking her head as she was arrested again for possession of Class A drugs.
Police were said to have been unable to identify Ward’s fingerprints on either the packet of cigarettes or the plastic bag.
The process goes on.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/dawn-ward-wrongly-arrested-being-26522354 Dawn Ward 'wrongly arrested' for being drunk and disorderly after 'anti-Semitic abuse'