By Becca Husselbee
A crime-solving beauty queen offered to fingerprint her own car after it was raided by thieves during a Christmas charity appearance.
Alisha Cowie, 19, from Jesmond, Newcastle, travelled down to attend the Hope Against Cancer Christmas steam train event at the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, Leicester, but was horrified to find her car window had been smashed when thieves broke in.
The perpetrators stole Alisha’s purse, sat nav and Bluetooth speaker, from her Nissan Micra Sport but after she told police she studied forensic science at Teeside University she offered to take fingerprints from the car herself.
Alisha, who was the winner of Miss Newcastle in 2017, said: “I was in shock and I cried as I bought the car myself and maintain it myself too.
“I’m not on a high income so knowing I’ll have to replace the items and fix my car is stressful.
“I was feeling a lot of emotions and I don’t know how someone can be so selfish and materialistic that they need to break in and steal from others.”
While Alisha was taking part in the appearance on December 23, she narrowly missed the thieves who ransacked her vehicle on a multistory carpark leaving her unable to attend other planned events due to the upset caused.
But crime fighting Alisha, who will go onto study her second year in forensic science next September, even offered to help police track down the thieves but claims she was later told that it was a common occurrence in the area and that little could be done.
Alisa, who is the only UK entry to Miss World, said: “I have learned how to discover and recover fingerprints and how to properly take fibres and package them as well as how to label items and left behind evidence.
“It was unfortunate I wasn’t able to help out in this situation but I hope I’ll be able to put my skills to the tests in the future.”
Alisha was crowned Miss Newcastle at the Newcastle Civic Centre back in 2017 and was part of the Miss England final, held in two parts at Resorts World Birmingham and Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire.
She said: “When I became Miss Newcastle my sole focus was to become a relatable public figure.
“I loved every second of the Miss England finals as it really taught me to be more confident in myself after competing in all the rounds.
“I also won the Stages Beautiful Hair award in the contest.
“This incident has taught me that you can never be too careful.
“Although I put my sat nav in the glove box people will still take the risk to try and steal things.
“Please be aware of this and don’t leave anything valuable in the car. Keep items with you or leave them at home.
“It’s sad that this is the case but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”