Wednesday 26 October 2016

No joke as comic Chris Ramsey arrested in underpants in hotel fracas mix-up

Published 29/02/2016 | 14:21

Comedian Chris Ramsey with Prince Harry after a Royal Variety Performance
Comedian Chris Ramsey with Prince Harry after a Royal Variety Performance

Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey was arrested in nothing but his underwear when police barged into his hotel room at midnight.

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The 29-year-old, from South Shields, Newcastle, was relaxing ahead of his live show at London's Lyric Theatre, when officers broke down his hotel door on Sunday night.

Ramsey was forced against a wall and handcuffed by an officer, in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

Currently touring the UK with his latest show, All Growed Up, the comedian provided a running commentary of events on Twitter.

He wrote: "Well... The police have definitely just kicked my hotel door in and handcuffed me. I'm f****** shaking!!

"Hotel staff ID'd me as someone who had been in the hotel earlier threatening staff with a knife.

"So when I checked in just now they called the police and sent them up to my room! I kept asking 'Is this a joke!?'

"Police put the handcuffs on me and began to march me out of my room when I shouted 'But I'm in my kegs!'

"I love the idea that someone who was in earlier threatening staff with a knife, would then check in later for a kip!"

He later tweeted that he thought "it was Ant and Dec or Keith Lemon" playing a joke.

After the police left, he wrote: "Just had an interesting chat with the night manager ... Currently drinking beers from the minibar ... I doubt they'll be on the bill when I leave."

But later he saw the funny side, adding: "About to go down for hotel breakfast ... I'm wearing a black T-shirt and a cap. Just in case I get mistaken for a murderer or something."

A spokeswoman for the comedian confirmed that four officers were involved in the incident, in which Ramsey was forcibly detained.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said officers were called to a "racially aggravated" incident involving a man threatening hotel staff with a knife.

She added that officers returned at 12.36am, when they mistakenly detained - and later released - Ramsey.

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