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Barman attempts to put Tony Blair under citizen's arrest

A barman has attempted to arrest Tony Blair during a night out with his family at an east London restaurant. The former prime minister was approached by Twiggy Garcia at Tramshed in Shoreditch.

Mr Garcia said he was making a citizen's arrest on the grounds that he was a "war criminal" who had launched an "unprovoked war against Iraq".

Tony Blair seen last year Credit: Press Association

"I was working at the bar... His security were sitting at the bar directly in front of me and I got nervous because I thought they overheard me say, "Should I citizen's arrest him?"

"I went over to him, put my hand on his shoulder and said: "Mr Blair, this is a citizen's arrest for a crime against peace, namely your decision to launch an unprovoked war against Iraq. I am inviting you to accompany me to a police station to answer the charge."

"One of his sons got up and went to get the plain clothes security from downstairs. I decided to get out of there sharpish, I’ve had a few run-ins with the police in the past and it never ends well."

A spokesman for Tony Blair said:

"There is nothing to report here apart from fact that Mr Blair did offer to discuss the issue - that offer was declined and the individual walked off. Nothing else happened. Everyone is fine and they had a great time at the restaurant."