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Man arrested after charging iPhone on London Overground

Robin Lee was handcuffed and put in a police van for 'abstracting electricity' after charging his phone on the train

By James Titcomb

Published 14/07/2015 | 07:52

Robin Lee
Robin Lee

A MAN has been arrested after using a power socket on a London Overground train to charge his iPhone, in what police said was an incident of "abstracting electricity".

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Robin Lee, a 45-year-old artist, says he was handcuffed and taken in a police van to the nearest police station after using the socket on Friday.

Mr Lee accused a British Transport Police community support officer of being "overzealous" and "ridiculous". The police force said he had become aggressive after being challenged over 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," BTP said.

“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.”

Mr Lee told the Evening Standard: "She said I'm abstracting electricity... We were just coming into the station, and there happened to be about four police officers on the platform.

"She called to them and said 'This guy's been abstracting electricity, he needs to be arrested'."

Mr Lee was taken to a police station in Islington before being let go.

London Overground carriages contains power sockets which are designed to be used by cleaners and are marked "not for public use".

Although the cost of charging an iPhone is negligible, internet users have pointed out that voltage can vary dramatically, damaging whatever is plugged in.

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