Swim wins reprieve after local council relents on cameras

A charity swim was almost cancelled when the local council banned cameras to stop paedophiles from attending. Organisers feared the ban would jeopardise media coverage and deter supporters if it were to comply with child protection policies issued by Poole Borough Council, Dorset.

The council backed down by agreeing to allow three screened photographers to shoot the synchronised swim, which aims to raise £5,000 for Children in Need and Poole's Victoria School for Physically Handicapped Children.

Allan Ferris, Poole's head of recreation and sport, said: "We are telling people that if they have a problem with their children being photographed then they should not let them attend."

The event, organised by Flamingoes Wessex swimming club, highlights the potential problems of fundraising events with children.

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