A POLICE force has apologised to an animal rights campaigner after a community support officer said a protest group had links to “known terrorists”.
Ali Firth, 49, was filming a small demo outside a puppy supplier in Bramley, Leeds, when she was told by an officer to stop filming or her camera would be confiscated.
A police community support officer told Ms Firth that the protest group “is connected to known terrorists”.
She asked the officer to elaborate but was told: “No – it would breach data protection.”
Her film has been watched by almost 5,000 people on YouTube.
Ms Firth, a disabilities support worker from Horncastle, Lincolnshire, has formally complained about “unprofessional behaviour”.
A West Yorkshire police spokesman said the footage had been viewed and the officers involved had been “advised accordingly”.
A company spokesman for Dogs 4 Us said the protesters had shouted “untruths” and were “just a nuisance to society”.