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Britney Spears asked to apologise over Criminal video

Politicians in the U.K. are demanding an apology from Britney Spears after accusing the pop star of glamorising gun violence in her new music video.

The pop superstar has filmed scenes for her latest single, Criminal, in east London and during the Bonnie and Clyde-themed shoot, she was photographed running out of a convenience store in Hackney waving a fake pistol.

Local politicians on Hackney Council have now criticised the pop singer for using the replica weapon and asked for an apology from the star.

Councillor Ian Rathbone tells London Tonight, "I think she should apologise and make a sizeable donation to a Hackney charity that deals with young people... for the rudeness and damage she's done to this community."

Hackney's Member of Parliament (MP) Diane Abbott fears Spears is drawing the wrong kind of attention to gun violence.

She adds, "It is only a music video but it's images like this, with pop stars glamorising gangs, which means that some young people... get drawn in. Britney should really know better."

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