Suspect “Terrorists” ??
By Julie Magee
A LUNCHTIME pint at their local pub took a more sinister turn on Wednesday when two disabled men found themselves at the centre of a police search operation. Bob Hamlen, 47, and Michael Burbidge, 31, were stunned when they were surrounded by uniformed officers as they sat on a bench outside the Westcliff Tavern in West Cliff Road, Bournemouth (U.K.).
“It was so over the top, there were about eight officers around us asking questions which was very frightening. “We told them we lived round the corner and this was our local pub. But, while an armed officer pointed his gun at us from the other side of the street, they made us empty our pockets and put all our possessions on the table. Then they checked all our credit cards and documents.
….now for their crime.
“They said the reason I was being taken to the police station was because I had been seen passing a white envelope. “But all I did was take my post [envelope] out of my jacket pocket and open an electricity bill.
“On Michael’s stop and search form they said they wanted to speak to him, under the Terrorism Act, because he had been LOOKING at a police officer. “That area of town is saturated with police officers and, from where we were sitting, it would have been impossible not to be watching one”. –(during a Labour party conference)–
Bob, who has lived in the area for seven years, said: “Once at the police station we were taken to separate rooms and questioned for about 45 minutes. “Then officers went with us to our flat and searched it before returning us to the pub. We feel violated and want an apology from the police.”
The Westcliff Tavern manager Tony Cartwright said: “Bob and Michael have been drinking here for years. They are locals and two of the least likely terrorist suspects you could find.” >>SOURCE