Anti-terror laws stop Kid's TV terror risk

By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

The UK's Anti-terror laws have once again saved Britain from a terror attack. This time the potential threat came in the form of two kid's TV presenters carrying a blue hairdryer. The…

The UK's Anti-terror laws have once again saved Britain from a terror attack. This time the potential threat came in the form of two kid's TV presenters carrying a blue hairdryer.

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The presenters, Anna Wiliamson and Jamie Rickers, were filming a skit for the UK show Toonattik on London's Southbank when they were stopped by a couple of very serious London Metropolitan Police officers.

Both Williamson and Rickers were armed dangerously with children's walkie-talkies and glittery hairdryers when the officers issued them a warning under the UK's anti-terrorism laws.

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Rickers told The Guardian: "We were stopped, not arrested, but they had to say 'we are holding you under the Anti-Terrorism Act because you're running around in flak jackets and a utility belt' and I said 'and please put spangly blue hairdryer' and he was, like, 'all right'".

The presenters described the incident as one of the most memorable moments they'd had on the show, although it's not the first time they have caused controversy.

In 2008 the pair turned heads when Rickers appeared to prance around the studio naked when re-enacting a scene from the Emperor's New Clothes. Thankfully, it was later revealed Rickers was wearing a flesh suit at the time.

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