Comic's DVD stunt backfires
A TV comedian ended up being restrained by the long arm of the law for real after a DVD signing stunt involving a fake policeman went wrong.
Simon Brodkin, in character as Lee Nelson, was being chased by an actor in a police uniform after pretending to steal a copy of his DVD from an HMV store in London.
A passing police community support officer mistook the scene for a real crime and helped apprehend the comedian, reports The Mirror.
The struggle spilled outside of the shop and even caused traffic to stop in Oxford Street as the PSCO tried to arrest the publicity-seeking 'thief'.
The three men rolled around in the middle of the road before the PCSO marched the comedian back into HMV and forced him to the ground.
A spokeswoman for Brodkin said: "He was doing a signing for his DVD at HMV in Oxford Street, and as a treat for his fans he 'stole' one of his own DVDs, then was chased around the store by an actor dressed up as a police officer.
"Somehow they ended up out on the pavement, where a real police community support officer got involved, thinking it was a theft taking place.
"Shoppers were looking on and buses were stopping, it was all very dramatic. The community support officer brought him back into the store where it was explained that it hadn't been a real theft taking place."
Nelson said later: "How can you get arrested for nicking your own DVD? Mr Loophole lawyer, if you're reading this, get me off and I'll sort you out with the 20 other DVDs I took."