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Suffolk: Ipswich Town fan faces anti-terror quizzing after photographing his own son

PUBLISHED: 12:40 05 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:40 05 March 2013

Martin and Freddie Hogg.

Martin and Freddie Hogg.


YOU will not find his face on the CIA’s most wanted list and MI5 spooks are not monitoring his every move.

But that did not stop Ipswich Town staff quizzing season ticket holder and shareholder Martin Hogg as part of their anti-terror measures after he took photographs of his 14-year-old son - a ball boy at Saturday’s game.

Mr Hogg, who described the incident at Portman Road as “a complete silliness”, said he was followed back to his seat and accused of making images of the structure of the stadium.

The 58-year-old of Vinery Road, Bury St Edmunds, added: “This guy got things completely out of proportion.

“Here’s this old man taking photographs of his little boy - the ball boy - and I’m being detained under the provisions of the Terrorism Act.”

The property investor, who said he was led to a practice pitch near the East of England Love Your Co-op Stand to be questioned, said the official then asked to see his photographs.

Mr Hogg added: “I told him ‘I’ve been taking pictures of my boy Freddie. This is absolutely ludicrous, you’re not going to see my photographs’.”

The father, who pays for five season tickets joked that he “deserved a memorial, not a shake-down”.

Mick Warden, ITFC Head of Safety, said: “At the request of the police as part of anti terrorism measures nationwide, stadium staff at all grounds are advised to question anyone suspected of taking photos of stadium structures. We also have to be mindful of those from the crowd taking photos of children.

“Mr Hogg was spotted by two stewards and discreetly asked to show the stand manager the photos he had taken. Initially he refused but then relented and the stand manager was happy with the content and Mr Hogg returned to his seat.”

Mr Hogg was back in his seat to watch Ipswich defeat Leicester 1-0.

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