London bobbies took a byte out of an internet surfer's liberty yesterday when they tossed him in jail for freeloading on someone else's wireless network. "This arrest should act as a warning to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to illegally use other people's broadband connections," admonished a detective.
Officers questioned the man, 39, when they spotted him using his laptop near a West London home. He admitted he had logged onto someone else's network, apparently not secured with a password, and they arrested him under a 2003 act that makes it illegal for Britons to steal internet access. He's out on bail pending an investigation. (Read more WiFi stories.)