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Friday, February 03, 2006

61 year old Bus and Train Spotter suspected of Terrorism

Bus spotter banned

Watch out if you take lots of pictures of trains and buses as you could find yourself accused of being a terrorist and thrown out of the station or terminus:

"Alan Turnock has spent 50 years collecting 200,000 pictures of buses and trains across Britain.

But the 61-year-old was stunned when staff told him to put down his camera and stop taking photos because they feared he could be a suicide bomber
." said the
Daily Mirror today.

Some regular readers will remember by "brush with the law" last year for taking pictures of transport police at my local station, so I have sympathy for Alan!

Staff from bus operator Nexus ordered him to leave because of increased security measures following last July's terrorist attacks on the London Underground and a bus. Alan said "I explained I was not doing any harm but he just said I would have to stop. I felt as if they were accusing me of being a terrorist, which is ludicrous.

"I was embarrassed and there are no signs to say you can't take pictures of buses coming in or out."

Poor old Alan, looks like it's time for him to find a new hobby!


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