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article image'Bin Laden 1' boat deemed Olympic security threat

By Katerina Nikolas     May 20, 2012 in World
A motorboat that was named 'Bin Laden 1' as a joke has been labelled a potential security threat to the 2012 London Olympics, when police failed to share the boat owners sense of humour.
Following a trip on the Thames the 'Bin Laden 1' landed at Greenwich Yacht Club where police were waiting to question its owner Dr. Laurence Godfrey. Both the Ministry of Defence and the police were alerted by the name of the boat, which had been chosen as a joke by Godfrey's young son.
According to the Daily Mail the motorboat had motored along for two years under the name 'Bin Laden 1' without any problem. However, in the run up to the Olympics it was suddenly deemed a security threat and Dr. Godfrey has been told he must change its name.
Dr. Godfrey questioned "Do you seriously think a terrorist would paint Bin Laden on the side of his boat?" as he pointed out the boat must have been seen by 500 police officers in the last two years. Although he believes he is entitled to name the boat as he wishes, police advised him to change the name as "It may be that not everybody will share his sense of humour."
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