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Police criticised for not arresting man carrying ISIS flag

LONDON: Metropolitan police had been widely criticised for not taking the man with a child into custody for waving ISIS flag near parliament.

The police narrative is that actions were considered to be ‘within the law’ after photographs show man with flag on his back, carrying child holding another flag.

Earlier, a photograph of a man wrapped in the Isis flag with a child on his shoulders, also waving the flag, near parliament surfaced on social media. The photograph soon went viral.

Police have been criticised for failing to arrest a man who was seen wandering near Big Ben draped in an Islamic State flag.

A statement released by the Metropolitan police confirmed that the man was seen by police but that his actions were not considered to be unlawful.

“The man was spoken to by officers, with consideration given to relevant legislation, particularly the Public Order Act. The decision was taken by officers at the time that the man was acting within the law. He was not arrested,” it said.

 “Wearing, carrying or displaying of an emblem or flag, by itself, is not an offence unless the way in which, or the circumstance in which, the emblem is worn, carried or displayed is such as to cause reasonable suspicion that the person is a supporter or member of a proscribed organisation.