Osama`s statue found inside garden gnome

Joseph had bought the gnome statue at a garden centre three years ago.

Updated: Jul 08, 2010, 16:09 PM IST

London: A Briton was left dumbstruck when he accidentally broke a garden gnome and out popped a statue of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Joseph Balfour, 73, who lives in the tiny village of Mossblown, Ayrshire, said: "I was watering some bedding plants and I caught the hose round a gnome. It fell over and broke.”

"I picked it up and noticed the wee fella in there looking at me. I recognised Osama right away. He`s a pretty famous guy," The Sun Wednesday quoted him as saying.

Joseph had bought the gnome statue at a garden centre three years ago. He said: "Half the village has been round to look at the statue."

Mary, Joseph`s wife, wasn`t too pleased with the find and she wanted the statue to be thrown in the bin.

But she lamented: "Now he`s got it inside the house like a treasure."

Joseph said that if the al Qaeda chief ever wanted to hide in his village, "he`d have to hold a pint in his hand. This is a miners` village and we like a drink".

IANS