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Blair plays down bid to 'arrest' him

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".

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.

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