MP Stopped by Police on Suspicion of Being a Terrorist – for taking photos of a cycle path | Mail Online
“A Tory MP was stopped and searched by police on suspicion of being a terrorist after taking photos of a cycle path, he revealed yesterday.
Andrew Pelling was taking the pictures to highlight a ‘long-neglected bicycle and pedestrian route’ in his Central Croydon constituency to Parliamentary colleagues.
But as the cycle path was near the town’s main train station, two police officers stopped him on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.
Even when Mr Pelling, 48, showed the officers his House of Commons pass and explained what he was doing, they insisted on searching his bag.
After finding nothing of interest they sent the MP on his way. A police spokesman confirmed the December 30 incident, saying: ‘The officer conducted a stop-and-search – taking into account the current terror threat – as he (Mr Pelling) was taking pictures in the vicinity of a major transport hub.’ “