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article imageFree Willy: Shop Owner's Stone Penis Seized by Police

By Laura Trowbridge     Apr 10, 2010 in Business
A North Yorkshire business owner had his stone phallus seized by police after a complaint from someone who thought the Indonesian good luck symbol was obscene.
Jason Hadlow, chairman of Yarm Town Council and owner of the Simply Dutch store in North Yorkshire, had his stone willy confiscated from his display window after police first warned him to remove it within 24 hours.
“To one side was a statue of Venus with her boobies right there, and nearby was Hercules…and (he was) pretty much hanging out in the open,” recalls Hadlow of the recent raid. “But they couldn’t help themselves, and just went straight for my willy.”
He was given an £80 fine for “displaying an item liable to cause harassment, alarm and distress”, an offence under the Public Order Act 1986. Hadlow is refusing to pay the fine because he feels the stone genitalia is in keeping with the type of stock his store carries and is known for.
"In the past we have had naked stone strippers, Roman and Greek-style statues and all sorts of other weird and wonderful pieces of furniture in the window which haven't caused such a stir. So I am a little shocked to say the least, that an £80 ransom is being demanded for the phallus' return," said Hadlow.
“It’s absolute madness they’ve taken this willy - it was right there in the shop window next to a statue of Venus and a replica of Michelangelo’s David,” said the entrepreneur, who lives in Yarm.
“They involve boobs and willies - and there was a sign nearby saying Big Dick’s Sausages and they didn’t take that.”
He added: “The policewoman said it was 4ft tall. It’s not that high, but people do often overestimate when it comes to willy size.”
Hadlow has set up a Facebook campaign to get his stone penis back, named “Free Willy.” He is hoping the support group on this site will persuade the police to drop the charges and release his special rock hard willy.
In the meantime, Mr Hadlow has ordered 150 more of the garden ornaments from Indonesia, 10 of which have already been sold.
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