Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ben Ainslie fan arrested for painting post box in ... - BBC World News

A man has been arrested in Lymington for painting a post box gold in honour of Olympic sailing winner Ben Ainslie, who is a local resident. Rob Smith was detained by police for his golden touch (Picture: Solent News) Royal Mail has been re-painting post boxes to mark the achievements of every British gold medal winner. But Rob Smith took on the DIY job himself at 1.30am after Ainslie?s was given the golden treatment in Cornwall, where he was born, rather than Lymington. Mr Smith, 51, was arrested and held at a police cell until 6.30am before being released on bail. He said locals had queued up to have their photo taken next to the post box. ?When they said they weren?t going to paint anything in Lymington, I just thought this is madness,? said the restaurant owner. ?He?s lived here for around 15 years, all of Lymington believes that the Post Office made the wrong choice in painting one down in Cornwall, give him two.? Ben Ainslie celebrates his win in the finn class (Picture: Reuters) He added: ?I did it because I?m a passionate sportsman, I think the Olympics have been brilliant, Ben?s achievements have been outstanding.? Royal Mail spokesman Heulyn Gwyn Davies said: ?We are extremely disappointed that someone has chosen to vandalise this particular post box. ?It is illegal to tamper with any of our post boxes and we are liaising with our engineers to ensure that it is repainted red as soon as possible.? A similar situation occurred after a postbox was painted gold in Harlow, where cycling champion Laura Trott was born. After she tweeted that her hometown is in fact Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, Royal Mail said it would paint one there too. PICTURES:


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