A POLICE force has apologised to an animal rights campaigner after a community support officer said a protest group had links to “known terrorists”.

Ali Firth, 49, was filming a small demo outside a puppy supplier in Bramley, Leeds, when she was told by an officer to stop filming or her camera would be confiscated.

A police community support officer told Ms Firth that the protest group “is connected to known terrorists”.

She asked the officer to elaborate but was told: “No – it would breach data protection.”

Her film has been watched by almost 5,000 people on YouTube.

Ms Firth, a disabilities support worker from Horncastle, Lincolnshire, has formally complained about “unprofessional behaviour”.

A West Yorkshire police spokesman said the footage had been viewed and the officers involved had been “advised accordingly”.