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Theft Act 1968 Abstracting of Electricity: Charging your iPhone

13 Abstracting of electricity.

A person who dishonestly uses without due authority, or dishonestly causes to be wasted or diverted, any electricity shall on conviction on indictment be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

An artist has criticised transport police after he was arrested for using a plug on a London Overground train to charge his iPhone.

Robin Lee was handcuffed and put into a police van after using the power socket on a train from Hackney Wick to Camden Road on Friday, July 10.

The 45-year-old, who lives in Islington, said the whole episode was "ridiculous" and was first confronted on the train by a police community support officer who said he was taking the electricity illegally.

He was arrested on the platform after getting off at Camden Road.

"She said I'm abstracting electricity," he said.

"She kept saying it's a crime.

"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 says he tried to push past the officers but was handcuffed on the platform, taken down the stairs and put into a van.

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More importantly, the owner of any iphone copying this trick is potentially more likely to have a destroyed iphone because of the poor qualities of the ac power supply. What is suitable for a double insulated electric machine is otherwise unsuitable for domestic use. If you value your investment in your iphone and its contents please STOP copying this idea

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