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Old 30 November 2008, 17:32   #1
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Cruised the Thames today in my SIB, heading down from Richmond. Got to the infamous Dome despite the chop.

Whilst in Central London (near Blackfriars) got stopped by Police Boat. "We don't know you, and we are stopping all boats we don't know. If you were a closed cabin boat we'd search you."

Me "Why"

Cop "Terrorism. Name and address please!"

Well, given that the UK government is now arresting opposition MP's, I gave my name and address. Figured that I'd have more hassle if I didn't co-operate.
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Old 30 November 2008, 18:14   #2
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Cruised the Thames today in my SIB, heading down from Richmond. Got to the infamous Dome despite the chop.

Whilst in Central London (near Blackfriars) got stopped by Police Boat. "We don't know you, and we are stopping all boats we don't know. If you were a closed cabin boat we'd search you."

Me "Why"

Cop "Terrorism. Name and address please!"

Well, given that the UK government is now arresting opposition MP's, I gave my name and address. Figured that I'd have more hassle if I didn't co-operate.
Has been mentioned here before as their standard operating procedure so you weren't singled out. I think what matters is if they were polite, courteous and efficient. If the above was the entire conversation I don't think that sounds particularly friendly - and since they don't seem to have caught anyone not sure why they should be hostile. Did you get any paperwork from them?
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Old 30 November 2008, 18:29   #3
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Standard practice I'm afraid.

Wave, say hello, be nice check out their nice big Delta rib with ramming plates mounted on the front.

Sign of the times.

When you consider how close you can get to the Houses of Parliament and MI5 it's pretty astounding that's all you get.

Next time you go past the HoP check out the white Merc Sprinter van with blacked out windows parked on the south bank. Never moves.
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Next time you go past the HoP check out the white Merc Sprinter van with blacked out windows parked on the south bank. Never moves.
And the little Red dot that appears on your forehead as you pass

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Wave, say hello, be nice check out their nice big Delta rib with ramming plates mounted on the front.
Nah, ask to come aboard when they stop you so you can look at the boat.
I've never been stopped on the boat by police, but they didn't like it when I got off the bike and demanded to be let into the warmth inside the police car then started asking what everything did
It seems to make them want to leave. I don't think they can handle people being overly friendly
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Old 30 November 2008, 19:07   #6
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Try taking a camera and tripod through London. They aren't that friendly then! In fact your lucky if you come back out of London with your camera gear!
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Maybe if they hadn't let so many people into the country things would be different - and of course it's not PC to only stop the REAL suspects.......
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Maybe if they hadn't let so many people into the country things would be different - and of course it's not PC to only stop the REAL suspects.......
to bad that attitude is everywhere, they have to take up way to much of there time being politacally correct now days.
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Next time you go past the HoP check out the white Merc Sprinter van with blacked out windows parked on the south bank. Never moves.
You're assuming that the van belongs to HMG, however it could belong to the Ruskies

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Nah, ask to come aboard when they stop you so you can look at the boat.
I've never been stopped on the boat by police, but they didn't like it when I got off the bike and demanded to be let into the warmth inside the police car then started asking what everything did
It seems to make them want to leave. I don't think they can handle people being overly friendly
If you ever come this way, I can give you tour on an Icelandic police car which in many way has more equipment than ordinary UK police car, also could show you SWAT vehicle

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