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Mall apology after family photo row

Bosses at a shopping centre have said they will apologise to a father and alter their policy on photographs at the site amid a storm of public criticism.

Hundreds of comments have been left on Facebook and Twitter after Chris White claimed police were called when he took a photo of his four-year-old daughter at Braehead Shopping Centre, just outside Glasgow.

There was a policy at the shopping centre that no photos should be taken at the site, although discretion was applied when it was obvious it was a family photograph.

Mr White said he was stopped by security after taking the photos on Friday.

He told BBC Reporting Scotland: "He (a police officer) kind of raised this terrorism issue when I said I'd taken two photos of my daughter, and that he was allowing me to keep the images on this occasion, and concluded the shopping centre security guard was quite within his powers to bar me from the shopping centre."

A statement released later by Braehead Shopping Centre said: "We have listened to the very public debate surrounding our photography policy and as a result, with immediate effect, are changing the policy to allow family and friends to take photos in the mall.

"We will publicise this more clearly in the mall and on our website. We will reserve the right to challenge suspicious behaviour for the safety and enjoyment of our shoppers.

"We wish to apologise to Mr White for the distress we may have caused to him and his family and we will be in direct contact with him to apologise properly."

The policy has been in place since the centre opened in 1999.

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