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Blue star Lee Ryan from Chatham arrested after alleged mid-flight booze rant

Blue star Lee Ryan has been arrested after reportedly flying into a rage on a plane after being refused alcohol.

The 39-year-old singer, from Chatham, allegedly refused to sit down and hurled abuse at cabin crew when they would not serve him a drink.

Blue boy band member Lee Ryan
Blue boy band member Lee Ryan

Police are said to have boarded the flight from Glasgow when it arrived at London City airport, after cabin crew called ahead of landing.

One passenger told The Sun: “Never mind singing with Blue, he turned the air blue with his language.

“He became aggressive with the air hostesses once it became clear he wouldn’t get given alcohol. At one point he left his seat and started walking up and down the aisle despite being told to sit down — he even ran behind the cabin crew curtains.

“It was crazy behaviour.”

On arrival Ryan was arrested on suspicion of public order offences, delaying passengers by 20 minutes, and then taken away in handcuffs to a police van on the runway.

Lee Ryan, performing at Rochester Castle Gardens in 2015
Lee Ryan, performing at Rochester Castle Gardens in 2015

He was released from custody yesterday pending further investigation after spending the night in the cells.

The Met Police said: “At around 16:40hrs on Sunday, 31 July, officers met a flight that had arrived at London City Airport from Glasgow.

"A 39-year-old man was arrested for a public order offence.

"He was taken into custody at an east London police station and was released under investigation the following day.

Ryan formed boy band Blue in 2000 with Antony Costa, Duncan James and Simon Webbe, and together went onto sell 15 million records.

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