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YouTuber Ally Law charged with stealing cup of tea

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Image caption Ally Law was arrested at Gatwick Airport for allegedly stealing a cup of tea in 2017

A YouTube prankster claims he was bundled off a flight by "20+ police officers", arrested and charged - for stealing a cup of tea.

Ally Law, who has some 2.4 million subscribers, was arrested at Gatwick Airport following the alleged theft at SnoZone Xscape in Milton Keynes.

Thames Valley Police said two officers had gone to the airport and transported Mr Law back to Milton Keynes.

A spokeswoman said he was charged with "non-dwelling burglary".

In a post on Facebook, Mr Law - who is famed for his free-climbing stunts which often involve trespassing - told how he was boarding a flight at Gatwick last week when the officers arrived at his gate.

The 21-year-old, from Southampton, wrote: "Turned out they were police from Milton Keynes so they drove three hours to arrest me and then three hours back."

A photo of what he claimed was the charge sheet said he was accused of stealing a "hot beverage of a value unknown".

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Image caption The theft was alleged to have taken place while Mr Law was trespassing at SnoZone Xscape Milton Keynes

The YouTuber said he was "chucked in a cell for 24 hours" and "interviewed about 'apparently' making a cup of tea on an overnight challenge in 2017".

"I was then taken to court this morning where it got adjourned for two weeks," he said.

"It's good to see this is where our taxpayers' money is going. It's funny because if your house or car gets robbed, the police don't seem to have enough resources to deal with it."

Mr Law, who also posted a picture of his charge sheet online, said the police must have spent "thousands to take me to court... for a cup of tea!"

"I wish I could say this was a joke," he added. "I don't even drink tea."

Mr Law is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on 26 February.

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