Olympic ambassador 'hurled bricks at police car' and led attack on Vodafone store during riots - and was shopped to police by her mum
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:30 PM on 11th August 2011
An Olympics ambassador allegedly hurled bricks at a police car and led an attack on a mobile phone store during the riots.
Chelsea Ives, 18, was today revealed as a riot suspect - after being reported to police by her mother.
She was filmed by the BBC allegedly throwing bricks at a police car during violent disturbances in Enfield on Sunday night.
Detained: Chelsea Ives is seen arriving at Westminster Magistrates Court overnightShe was seen on the nightly news by her mother Adrienne, 47, who immediately called the police.
Westminster magistrates' court heard that police had to abandon their BMW in the 'frenzied' attack.
Ives, described by her lawyer as a 'talented sportswoman', is alleged to have boasted later that she had had 'the best day ever', magistrates heard.
She denied two counts of burglary, violent disorder and attacking a police car. Ives was refused bail until August 17 when she will appear at Highbury Corner magistrates' court.
ProsecutorBecky Owen said Ives had also led an attack on a Vodafone store: 'She was first to pick up masonry and hurl it at the window.'
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In 2009, Ives was invited into the House of Commonsto celebrate the success of a football project run by Leyton Orient Community Sport Programme,
Sports ambassador: Chelsea Ives at a football promotion event last year with left, former England and Arsenal footballer Martin Keown, and far right, former minister for sport Richard CabornShe has met Boris Johnson and London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe.
Her mother told the Evening Standard that the decision to call the police about her daughter was 'gut wrenching'.
But she added: 'I had to do what was right. Roger (her husband) and I were watching the news and it was absolutely sickening. And then we saw our daughter among the crowds.'
Ives'scase was one of more than 240 already brought before magistrates as courts extended their opening hours to cope with the deluge of suspects arrested over the riots.
The most dramatic scenes came at City of Westminster magistrates, where the court ran through the night with defendants struggling to stay awake in the dock and some suspects banging on the walls of their cells in an attempt to disrupt the hearings taking place yards away.
Others appearing before magistrates today included university graduate Natasha Reid, who handed herself in to police because she was 'unable to sleep' after looting from a Comet store.
Reid, 24, who said she hoped to become a social worker, was tearful and held her head in her hands after pleading guilty to stealing a £270 TV.
Her lawyer Andre Billington told how she had an attack of conscience and went to a police station in Chingford with the stolen television.
District judge Elizabeth Roscoe told her that her remorse would 'very much go in your favour' but warned that she could still face prison because of the 'serious nature' of the case.
Westminster magistrates also heard how Victoria Holmes, 19, of Dartford, who gave birth six weeks ago, was arrested by police in Woolwich with her boyfriend and allegedly a suitcase full of looted goods.
She was accused of theft from Gamestation, Argos and a men's clothing company called Blue Inc, and of receiving stolen goods.She was remanded in custody.
Elsewhere, trainee dental nurse Laura Cook, 19, of Roffey Close, Purley, admitted cannabis possession but pleaded not guilty to burglary after being caught by police among a 100-strong mob found raiding the Argos store in Church Street, Croydon on Monday.
She was remanded in custody and will miss an exam that her solicitor described as 'hugely significant' for her career.
In another Westminster case, the court was told how customers at a café in St John's Wood chased away a marauding gang of knife-wielding thugs.
Badawi el Badawi, 20, from St John's Wood, was among the group, it was claimed.
One attacker allegedly threw a shopping trolley at the café, causing customers to run inside in fear, while others smashed the windows and tried to set a parked car on fire.
El Badawi was remanded in custody.
The gang also set fire to towels they carried with them, throwing them into the café with customers inside.
The court heard a 21-year-old university student who is in his second year of a law degree was one of the gang. His lawyer said he denied the charges.
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