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Hix's Tramshed scene of attempted "citizen's arrest" on Tony Blair

21 January 2014 by
Hix's Tramshed scene of attempted "citizen's arrest" on Tony Blair

A bar worker at Mark Hix's Tramshed restaurant in London's Shoreditch has attempted a citizen's arrest on former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Twiggy Garcia, who reportedly quit his job at the restaurant immediately after the scene, put his hand on Blair's shoulder and called him a "war criminal" who had launched "an unprovoked war on Iraq", according to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/10585280/Tony-Blair-bar-worker-attempts-citizens-arrest-on-former-PM-at-trendy-Tramshed-restaurant.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">the Telegraph.

He then said he was making a citizen's arrest and asked Blair to come with him to the police station.

According to reports, Blair declined to leave, instead asking Garcia why he was not more interested in the current situation in Syria.

The former PM, who gave evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on his role in Iraq, and was accused of being a war criminal by a protestor during his testimony to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, was said to be dining upstairs with eight other people.

His security team, which was dining downstairs, was called by Blair's son. Garcia is then said to have resigned and left.

A spokesman for Blair stated that the former PM had offered to discuss the issue, but that the individual in question walked off. "Nothing else happened. Everyone is fine and they had a great time at the restaurant," he said.

Hix Restaurants could not be reached for comment at this time.

Tramshed is just one of Mark Hix's eight London sites. Its menu focuses on chicken and salt-dry-aged steak, while its décor is sparse, industrial, and well known for its display of Damien Hirst artwork.

This includes "Cock and Bull", an original formaldehyde-preserved sculpture of a cow and cockerel in a glass tank, suspended above the restaurant, as well as cartoons from 1990s children's TV show Cow and Chicken.

There is also the Cock ‘n' Bull Gallery below the restaurant, inspired by Hix's own love of art. It features regularly-changing work from a variety of artists, both known and not, plus talks, poetry nights and workshops.

Hix's other London restaurants include HIX Soho, HIX at Selfridges, Hix Oyster and Chophouse, and most-recently opened Hixter, near London's Liverpool Street.

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