Woman arrested for 'exercising her mind' on London park bench

Time-wasting flat-earther is arrested for refusing to move from London park bench during coronavirus lockdown after telling police she is ‘exercising her mind’

  • Woman who calls herself ‘Cheeky FE Kerry’ filmed row with officers on Sunday 
  • She was sat on bank of River Thames at Richmond for more than an hour 
  • Officers tried to reason with her but she said she was within her rights 
  • Do you know who the woman in the video is? Email [email protected]

A time-wasting woman was arrested for refusing to move from a park bench during the coronavirus lockdown because she claimed she was ‘exercising her mind’. 

The woman, who refers to herself online as ‘Cheeky FE Kerry’, filmed herself rowing with police officers on the bank of the River Thames in Richmond, south west London on Sunday. 

Police politely asked her why she was outside, pointing out that the only legally-valid reasons are buying food, medical supplies or exercising once a day. 

But she argued the law is not specific about whether exercise is ‘physical or mental’ and said she was ‘meditating’ on the bench on her own ‘only at risk of infecting herself’.  

After more than 10 minutes of answering back to officers, she refused to move and was arrested before being taken to a nearby police van. 

She uploaded the video to her YouTube channel, which claims she is a ‘flat earther’, and was scorned by thousands of commenters. 

This police officer was forced to engage in a lengthy row with a woman on the bank of the River Thames at Richmond, south west London, on Sunday, because she refused to go home 

The caption on the video read: ‘I was out exercising in Richmond today, on my own, the LAW doesn’t specify physical exercise, I was exercising mentally meditating by the river, minding my own business, and these lovely police officers thought I was committing a crime!

‘Eventually, they arrested me and actually gave me a lift home which I thought was nice, I will now get a fixed penalty notice which naturally I will contest in court.

‘Let’s see. Four police officers in the van which dropped me home! I said, ‘this is the closest I’ve been to another human being all day!’ Let alone four of them confined in a van! Anyway, BRING IT ON!’

Among the 4,000 comments was one that said: ‘You are awful and purposely arguing and wasting police time. I hope we get full lockdown and you have to stay in your own four walls that are most likely paid by the taxpayer.’

Another person branded her a ‘spoilt little entitled brat!’, while someone else wrote: ‘You sound so smug it’s horrible to hear. People like you are the worst.’ 

Jinnysworld added: ‘Selfish! And utterly ridiculous! I congratulate the police for sending you home, by any means necessary, whether the arrest stands in court or not. Disgusting, selfish and shameful conduct.’ 

Government coronavirus regulations read: ‘You should only leave the house for very limited purposes.

Under the ‘exercise’ heading it adds: ‘One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.’

After more than 10 minutes of answering back to officers (two pictured), she refused to move and was arrested before being taken to a nearby police van

Officers in the video claimed they had spoken to the woman already – 45 minutes before she began filming them.

They asked her repeatedly to go home, but she said she would not leave until the sun sets – which would have been around another hour.

The policeman asked her whether she had any other reason apart from ‘mental exercise’ to be out of the house. 

She replied saying she planned to go food shopping after dark on her way home.

But when the officer read out the coronavirus regulations, she kept interrupting, refused to accept a fixed penalty notice and was eventually arrested.  

In the clip, the policeman, who identifies himself as Tom’, says: ‘I’d asked you why you were out and you said you were exercising mentally,’ to which the woman responds ‘I am, yeah.’

The officer went on: ‘I don’t think that’s in the spirit of what’s happening,’

The woman then says: ‘I’m in the spirit of social distancing. I’m sat here on my own. I’m not infecting anyone. That’s the actual spirit.

‘Cheeky FE Kerry’ continued to film police officers as they arrested her in Richmond on Sunday

‘Quite frankly I’m not afraid to be honest. If I catch something I catch it. I’m only infecting myself. No-one is sat near me.’

The police officer then tells her: ‘Well that’s because I’ve just moved everyone else on.’

He then asks her if she’s willing to go home to which she replies: ‘I am willing to go home when the sun sets.’

The PC then says: ‘Well you’ve been sat here for about an hour or so…’ to which the woman interrupts to say: ‘I have yes, exercising mentally.

‘I’m within my rights to exercise mentally, once a day, outdoors for as long as I like.’

She then embroils the officer in a drawn out argument about whether government advice allows ‘exercising mentally’ to which the cop says he does not believe it does.

‘I’m sorry, but the law doesn’t specify,’ she says.

The PC says his interpretation is that the exercise needs to be physical, to which the woman crows: ‘But that’s your interpretation, that’s not what the law says is it?’

He then asks her to go home and she refuses until the sun sets – for another hour.

‘You are out, in breach of regulations,’ he says.

‘I’m in total compliance, I’m out once a day exercising mentally, that’s what the regulations say,’ she adds.

She then says she’s going shopping later and will go after sunset on her way home.

And she makes the officer read out the restrictions being enforced during the pandemic, before inquiring whether they are an act of parliament or just a bill.

The police officer points out that the woman is also smoking and drinking, which she accepts.

‘I won’t accept a fixed penalty notice. Place me under arrest and take me to the station,’ she adds before saying she will not be giving her address.

The officer gives her every opportunity to just go home, continually asking her if there is a lawful reason why she is out. I want to stay here for sunset,’ she says.

‘It’s very low in the sky. I am going to go home after the sunset. I’m not going to sit here all night long.’

She then goes on a tirade about English Common Law, saying her behaviour is not prohibited.

Two policeman then arrest her and she is taken to a police van nearby. 

MailOnline has contacted the Metropolitan Police for comment.  

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