The 2012 Olympics ambassador turned in by her mother
Published 12/08/2011 | 08:39
A London 2012 Olympics ambassador has been revealed as a riot suspect, after she was reported to the police by her own mother.
Chelsea Ives, 18, allegedly threw bricks at a police car during the violence in Enfield on Sunday.
She even boasted she had had “the best day ever”, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.
But the teenager was caught after her mother, Adrienne, saw her on a television news report and called the police.
Mrs Ives, 47, yesterday said her decision was “gut wrenching” but insisted she only did what any “honest” parent could.
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.
“I could not believe it. For a minute we did not know what to do. But then, what could normal, honest parents do?
“How can you sit there and see that and say ‘that’s OK’? We were watching people lose their homes and businesses.
“As parents we had to say; ‘She can’t get away with that.’
“She won’t thank us. I will be portrayed as a ***** but what were we supposed to do?”
Ives has met the Mayor of London Boris Johnson as well as the London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe as part of her role as a 2012 ambassador.
Appearing at Westminster Magistrates during an all night court session yesterday, she denied two counts of burglary, violent disorder and attacking a police car in the early hours of this morning.
Becky Owen, prosecuting, said Ives, who in 2009 was invited into the House of Commons to celebrate the success of a football project run by Leyton Orient Community Sport Programme, had led an attack on a Vodafone store.
"She was first to pick up masonry and hurl it at the window," she said. She was also involved in a mob attack on Phones4U. Ives also allegedly hurled masonry at a marked police BMW in a "frenzied" attack that forced officers to flee.
She pleaded not guilty and was refused bail until August 17 when she will appear at Highbury Corner magistrates' court. Ives was described by her solicitor as a "talented sportswoman".