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Rapper traumatised by gun arrest

Bournemouth train station arrest (pic: BNPS)
Mr Udezue was arrested at gunpoint at Bournemouth station (pic: BNPS)

A rapper who was arrested at gunpoint in a case of mistaken identity has written about the moment he stepped off a train into a "really bad dream".

Nzube Udezue, 21, a University of Oxford graduate, was ordered to lie face-down and handcuffed by armed police at Bournemouth train station.

In his internet blog, Mr Udezue, known as Zuby, said he has "never been so traumatised" in his life.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating.

The arrest followed an alleged firearms incident in Basingstoke, Hampshire, just before 1800 BST on Saturday. Mr Udezue, who was wearing a black T-shirt with orange writing, matched a description of the suspect.

He was identified on a train from Southampton to Bournemouth by British Transport Police after Hampshire police had alerted them.

But the computer science graduate had been promoting his music in Southampton and was returning home.

In his blog, the self-proclaimed "rap star", said he had been looking forward to a gym session when "all hell broke loose".

I'm shocked, confused, scared and embarrassed all at the same time
Nzube Udezue

"It took me a couple of seconds to realise that it was me that all those guns were aimed at.

"I honestly felt like I'd stepped off the train and into a really bad dream.

"I'm shocked, confused, scared and embarrassed all at the same time.

"Most of the bystanders had vacated the platform by now, by police order.

"And I'm not talking about normal police either. This is the Specialist Firearms Unit, about eight of them, machine guns, bullet proof vests, police dogs and all.

"And they're here to arrest me!"

No shots fired

He said he was told he was being arrested on suspicion of a section one firearms incident.

Mr Udezue, who quipped in his blog that he has "managed 22 years of life without any real incident with the police", was taken to Bournemouth police station where it became clear that it was a case of mistaken identity.

In a statement, Dorset Police said: "The 21-year old Bournemouth man was taken to Bournemouth police station but it quickly became clear that it was a case of mistaken identity and he was released immediately.

"During the arrest at Bournemouth railway station, no shots were fired and no one was injured."

The force said a senior officer had visited Mr Udezue and his family and that an apology had been made.

"Dorset Police are continuing to provide ongoing support to the innocent man - as well as his family - after the appointment of a dedicated family liaison officer," the statement added.

Meanwhile, the IPCC has requested Dorset Police's Professional Standards Department investigate the three forces involved - Dorset, Hampshire and BTP.

At the end of the blog entry, Mr Udezue joked: "And to think I was going to wear a blue T-shirt this morning."




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