UK student arrested for theft of phone he had found and was handing in to police

The police state has now completely lost the plot. A student in the UK was arrested for theft over a phone he found and was handing into police.

Paul Leicester found the handset lying in the street on his 18th birthday, and rang the last number dialled, telling a friend of the owner he would leave the phone at a nearby police station, according to the Daily Express. On attending the local police station to hand over the phone, officers arrested him for “theft by finding”, held him for four hours and took a DNA sample.

Paul told the paper that he won’t be doing the right thing again in the future: “I thought I was doing the right thing and had it thrown back in my face. I wouldn’t go to the police in future. All I was doing was the honest thing. It was a shocking experience.”

After being contacted by the media, police say that they would be reviewing the circumstances of the arrest.