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A rail passenger arrested for charging his mobile phone on a London Overground train branded transport police 'pathetic idiots' today.
Robin Lee, 45, was handcuffed and frogmarched to a police van for 'abstracting electricity' when he used a plug on board a Hackney Wick to Camden Road service to take a 'penny's worth'.
Once at the police station he was told he would not be charged with 'stealing' the electricity but was then arrested for 'unacceptable behaviour' towards Police Community Support Officers (PCSO).
Mr Lee has called the episode 'ludicrous' and said any dispute with PCSO's was a result of them 'overzealously' demanding his arrest.
The artist, who lives in Islington, said: 'They were just having a slack day and they wanted someone to have a go at, and that's what came of it. It involved seven officers.
'To put it politely, they were overzealous. To put it not so politely, they were pathetic idiots.'
Self-employed artist Mr Lee had just had lunch with a friend at a café in Hackney Wick and had taken the train to get home at around 3.30pm on Friday.
Believing he was entitled to do so, Mr Lee sat down and plugged in his iPhone as it was running low on battery.
He said: 'I just sat down and plugged my phone in because there were no signs saying not to.
'The journey must have been about eight or nine minutes to Camden Road at most.
This article first appeared on www.dailymail.co.uk
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