” A man who made a joke about Nelson Mandela was arrested and locked up for eight hours by police.
Neil Philips, from Staffordshire, landed in trouble for cracking tasteless gags online. They included ‘My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela’ and also ‘free Mandela – switch the power off.’
The sandwich shop owner was seized after a local Liberal Democrat councillor informed police. They seized his computer and his DNA was taken.
Philips, who used to be a member of the British National Party, said: “It was an awful experience. It was a couple of jokes, Bernard Manning type. “