An MP3 player-toting Stoke mechanic has been arrested by overzealous armed police who thought he was carrying a firearm.

In a scene reminiscent of the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, the wholly innocent Darren Nixon was followed by three police cars before being threatened at gunpoint, handcuffed, searched, fingerprinted and swabbed for DNA. This followed a tip-off by a passer-by who saw Nixon changing tracks on his MP3 player and thought it was a gun.

Perhaps they thought he had a criminal record.

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[Via The Telegraph]