Man, it’s getting to the point where a fellow can’t even build a death ray or an island fortress shaped like a skull without someone getting pissy about it. Take this account, for instance, of a few people just playing around with skeletons and lab coats:
A group of students had their ‘Mad Scientist’ party brought to an abrupt end when police mistook them for terrorists.
The private party, held in Hackney, north London, was organised by a group of friends dressed in white laboratory coats and wigs, who put on a display of theatrical ‘experiments’ to entertain guests.
But when police entered the building for a routine check in the early hours of Sunday morning, they discovered scientific debris and plastic skeletons and mistook it for terrorist paraphernalia or drug-making equipment.
Caretaker of the property, Richard Watson, 29, was arrested under The Anti-Terrorism Act and questioned while the entire area was evacuated and roads cordoned off with police tape.
He said: ‘I was handcuffed and put in the back of the police van for over an hour while the bomb squad and drugs team came down.
‘There was a ridiculous amount of police there. Every time I looked out of the van I could see a new group of them swarming around.’
Three fire engines and three ambulances were also called to the scene as Mr Watson was searched and interrogated.
Note to self: clean up debris in basement soon.