Man ‘found with 38 stolen phones stuffed down trousers’ at Libertines gig

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The incident took place at the band's Birmingham concert on Wednesday (January 27)

A man was reportedly found with 38 stolen mobile phones stuffed down his trousers at The Libertines‘ concert in Birmingham earlier this week.

The band are currently embarking on their first arena tour of the UK following their recent reunion and new album, with their Birmingham show on Wednesday night (January 27) allegedly the target of suspected thieves, according to police.

As The Press Association reports (via The Guardian), West Midlands Police arrested a 30-year-old man at the gig, along with another man of the same age. Reports state that one of the men had a total of 38 phones stuffed down his trousers. Both individuals were allegedly seen with their trousers taped at the bottoms of their legs.

Fans who believe they had their phones stolen have been instructed to contact the police. The arrests came after thieves were believed to have previously targeted The Libertines’ Manchester show.

Inspector Gareth Morris said of the news: “It’s an unfortunate reality that large crowds at concerts such as this make rich pickings for career criminals. We’re hot on the heels of these offenders but you can also reduce your chances of falling victim to such crimes by remaining extra vigilant when attending busy events.”

“If you think you had your phone taken, please get in touch with us and we can check whether or not we have been able to recover it.”

The band released a statement on the matter to Facebook, saying: “Always sad when somebody takes it on themselves to ruin an otherwise joyous occasion, but good news hopefully for some of you who lost their phone.”

NME has contacted a representative of The Libertines for further comment.

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Meanwhile, Carl Barat has admitted that he avoids going online as a coping mechanism to deal with anxiety.

The Libertines co-frontman said that he tries to distance himself from negative opinions that might adversely affect his mental health by staying away from the internet.

“There are varying opinions of us out there, but I have to rely what I know – not what trolls might say,” Barat told Gigwise. “If there are people interacting with us in a room, then I’ll go with that rather than some smart arse comment in a paper or online.”

“If you’re dealing with anxiety then you have to come up with a coping mechanism to protect yourselves from them. Go with what you know… There’s that idea, Occam’s Razor – cut off that which you have no control over, or what you don’t know to be the absolute truth. That helps,” he added.
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