This Guy Was Arrested For Charging His Phone On A Train

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Robin Lee, a 45-year-old artist from Islington, was enjoying a train journey from Hackney Wick to Camden Road last Friday. That was until he was arrested by the British Transport Police (BTP) for recharging his phone using an on-board socket.

You read that right: he was handcuffed, arrested for ‘abstracting electricity’ and taken to BTP base in Caledonian Road for his indiscretion. Presumably he was looking for a power charge rather than a criminal one.

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A spokesperson for the BTP spoke of the ‘incident’:

We were called to Camden Road London Overground station on Friday, July 10, to a report of a man becoming aggressive when challenged by a PCSO about his use of a plug socket on board an Overground train.

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Shortly after 3.30pm, a 45-year-old man from Islington was arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity, for which he was de-arrested shortly after.

He was further arrested for unacceptable behaviour and has been reported for this offence.

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Do you think the police were in the right for arresting someone for what some may be described as an irrelevant crime?

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