A group of students had their 'Mad Scientist' party brought to an abrupt end when police mistook them for terrorists.I would consider it a "bit presumptious" for cops to enter private property for a "routine check."
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.
'I brought down my childhood chemistry set and a few teddy bears for us to dissect in front of our friends. It was hilarious, we were making things fizz and pop and throwing talcum powder around. It was like a performance art piece.
'The police saw all the mess and assumed that we were making bombs which I thought was a bit presumptuous considering it had just been Halloween.'
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