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Thursday, 28 November, 2002, 10:08 GMT
Nativity video ban
General nativity scene
Nativity plays are a Christmas tradition
A school in Bedfordshire has banned video cameras from its nativity play, because it's worried that the images may get into the hands of paedophiles

Head teacher at Sundon Lower School, Sue Stokes, has told parents in a letter that she is worried that photographs might get into the wrong hands.

On Thursday, Miss Stokes said she did not want to comment on this and referred inquiries to Bedfordshire County Council.

Sundon Lower School
The school sent a letter to parents

But the council told the BBC it is a matter for the school to manage locally.

Miss Stokes says in the letter: "This year a great deal of publicity has been centred on the issue of child protection and for this very reason videotaping the performance will not be allowed.

"This also applies to photographs being taken with a digital camera."

Richard Stay, Bedfordshire County councillor, criticised the ban.

"It is a ridiculous decision," he said.

"It is political correctness gone mad. As a father of a two-and-a-half-year-old child I would be concerned if it was my child's school.

"I think it is absolutely potty."


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