An OnlyFans model, 32, was left ‘gobsmacked’ after she was arrested and locked up by the police for putting garbage bags next to her bins eight years ago.
Heather Underwood, from Knutton, said a police officer knocked on her door at 9.50am on Thursday and told her she was ‘wanted’ with a warrant out for her arrest.
“I was shaking, I had no idea what he was talking about,” she said.
The mother was taken to a custody suite in Stoke on Trent, where she was told that the warrant was from 2014 and related to when she lived in a property in Leek Road and had ‘flytipped’ by leaving a number of black bin bags next to every trash bin.
Ms Underwood was taken from the custody suite to North Staffordshire Justice Center where she was kept locked in a cell, only to be told at 2.30pm that the case had been discontinued.
Heather Underwood a model on OnlyFans was left gobsmacked by the ordeal, calling the arrest ’embarrassing’
The mother-of-two was left gobsmacked by the ordeal, calling the arrest ’embarrassing’.
She said: ‘I got up in the morning and I was just about to take a bath when I got a knock at the door. It was a police officer and he asked me if I knew that I was wanted.
I said I got no idea at all. He said he got a warrant for my arrest.
‘I got taken into custody and I had my shoes taken off me, my phone taken off me, I was searched, and put in a cell.
‘The most degrading part of it was when I had to use the bathroom and the toilet just had a glass window, I didn’t even have any privacy when I went to the bathroom.’
‘The most degrading part of it was when I had to use the bathroom and the toilet just had a glass window,’ Heather Underwood a model on OnlyFans said
Ms Underwood said that she had just moved into the property on Leek Road and the previous tenants had filled the bins, leaving her with no choice but to put her rubbish into black bin bags and put them next to her bins on collection day.
She said she remembers receiving a letter the next day from Stoke-on-Trent City Council explaining that the bags had been ripped open overnight and they had cleaned it up.
She said this was the last correspondence she had ever received on the matter, until the policeman appeared at her door.
Ms Underwood – whose OnlyFans account is called xHeather30x – said she missed out on a day’s pay of around £200 as a result of the arrest.
“I was told that the warrant was from 2014 and the charge was fly-tipping,” she said.
‘But it wasn’t fly-tipping, I’d left the bin bags next to my bins as I couldn’t fit any of my rubbish in as it was already full from the previous tenants.
‘Then I was taken to the magistrates’ court in Newcastle, announced as a prisoner, and taken to the cells. I was allowed one phone call at the police station and I called my mum and she came to the court.
Ms. Underwood said she was taken from the custody suite to the North Staffordshire Justice Center where she was kept locked in a cell
I was just trying to comply and get it sorted. It got completely thrown out. They came to my cell and told me to just go home at about 2.30pm.
I spent time in the cells, being treated like a criminal. I was nervous and anxious, and then in the afternoon they just let me go. It was a big waste of time and money.’
Ms Underwood said the incident was ’embarrassing’ and has left her ‘shaken up’.
She added that she is amazed that the police would arrest her over bin bags from eight years ago, when she says she called the police about a boy with a machete on The Wammy, in Knutton, two weeks ago and no officers arrived.
“I spent time in the cells, being treated like a criminal,” Ms. Underwood said. ‘It was a big waste of time and money.’ Pictured: File image of North Staffordshire Justice Centre
She added: ‘It’s just so embarrassing being paraded down my street and into a police car. It was mortifying, I’ve never been in trouble with the police, I was terrified. I was really shaken up.
It’s just wild. A couple of weeks ago there was a 12-year-old walking with a machete around The Wammy. I called the police, but no one came.
But they locked me up for some bin bags from eight years ago.
I can’t believe they are wasting taxpayers’ money on something so ridiculous. There’s a shortage of police and that’s what they’re wasting their time on. I’ve had no apology or explanation for putting me through that.
Ms Underwood was told that the warrant was from 2014 and related to when she lived in Leek Road and had ‘flytipped’
I’m on the electoral roll, I pay my council tax, why couldn’t they find me until now? I’m just gobsmacked about what happened.’
Ms. Underwood is a single mother and said she relies on the money she makes from her modeling and her 100 OnlyFans followers.
“I rely on this,” she said. I think people think OnlyFans is a quick buck, but it’s a full-time job and to lose a day’s work is a lot of money… It has cost me.
I’d planned to make some content, such as pictures and video, and it would have made anything from £100 to £200. If I’d had time I would have done some webcamming and that’s another £100.’
‘I think people think OnlyFans is quick buck, but it’s a full-time job and to lose a day’s work is a lot of money… It has cost me,’ she said
The court has confirmed that the fly-tipping allegation and the alleged breach of bail were both discontinued.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: ‘Officers attended an address in Knutton on Thursday, June 30 to execute an arrest warrant.
A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of failure to answer to court/police bail.
‘She appeared before magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Center on the same day.’