Tony BlaiR has played down an attempt by a bar worker to arrest him at a London restaurant.

The former Prime Minister was reportedly approached by Twiggy Garcia while he was dining with family and friends at Tramshed.

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

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Mr Garcia, who is also an aspiring music producer, later gave details of the "arrest" and said he had resigned from his job immediately.

However, a spokesman for Mr Blair said: "There is nothing to report here apart from the fact 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."

Speaking of the moment when he confronted Mr Blair, Mr Garcia said: "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'.

"He said: 'No, shouldn't you be worried about Syria?'

"Then he asked me: 'But don't you agree that Saddam was a brutal dictator and he needed to be removed?' and I replied, 'Not by an illegal war'."

Mr Garcia said Mr Blair's companions stepped in after he again asked the ex-premier to accompany him to a police station.

"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."

In 2012 a protester had to be removed from the Leveson Inquiry after bursting in during Mr Blair's evidence and accusing him of being a war criminal.

A spokeswoman for Tramshed declined to comment.