'Sinking of Bin Laden'
A Boat named as just a joke is stopped by police on the Thames for being a 'security risk to Olympics'
When his young sons wanted to give the family boat a ‘silly name’, Laurence Godfrey was happy to let children be children. So the 13ft motorboat was proudly hand-painted with the name ‘Bin Laden 1’ by his son Dylan, then aged 11.
He had heard the name on TV and thought it was funny. The boat named as a joke after the Al Qaeda leader has suddenly attracted the attention of police and the Ministry of Defence.
When his young sons wanted to give the family boat a 'silly name', Laurence Godfrey, from Herts, was happy to let children be children - and Dylan, then 11, christened it 'Bin Laden'
Dr Godfrey has been told he must change the name because it could allegedly cause a threat to security at the Olympics.
Despite the family using it for two years without complaint, they were stopped by police after landing at Greenwich Yacht Club following a trip on the Thames last weekend.
Physicist Dr Godfrey had taken his son Waylan, six, Dylan, now 13, and Dylan’s 13-year-old schoolfriend along the river to see Tower Bridge.He was surprised to see a police boat with lights flashing pull up at the yacht club as they put Bin Laden 1 on to a trailer.
Dr Godfrey told the Met: 'Do you seriously think a terrorist would paint Bin Laden on the side of his boat?'
Well on second thought maybe you can understand the police!
After all suicide bombers are not backward in coming forward!
Officers told him they had been alerted by the Ministry of Defence and warned him to change the boat’s name ‘before the Olympics’.
‘Until they started shouting at me I assumed [the police boat] was nothing to do with me,’ he said.
‘One of the officers said, “Stay where you are!” It frightened the life out of the children.
Officers told him he ‘could not call his boat Bin Laden’ and would have to change the name ‘for Olympic security’.
He said: ‘Do you seriously think a terrorist would paint Bin Laden on the side of his boat? They made it clear if I went out again without changing the name I would be stopped again.
Doc, much as the police were over the top, was the name a *****y good idea? NO!