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Children's TV Stars Face Anti-Terror Quiz

1:31pm UK, Tuesday January 26, 2010
Hannah Stott, Sky News Online
Two children's TV presenters have revealed they were held by police under anti-terrorism powers after being stopped while running around with hairdryers in London.

TV hosts Jamie Rickers and Anna Williamson in action

Anna Williamson and Jamie Rickers, who front ITV1's hit show Toonattik, were filming a sketch for the programme on London's South Bank wearing combat gear and armed with children's walkie-talkies and glitter-covered hairdryers.
Their fake fatigues aroused the suspicions of patrolling police, who stopped and questioned them.
Williamson, 28, said: "We were filming a strand called Dork Hunters, which is to do with one of the animations we have on the show.
"We were out and about doing 'dork hunting' ourselves on the streets of London.
"Jamie and I were kitted out in fake utility belts. We've got hairdryers in our belt, a kids' walkie-talkie, hairbrushes and all that kind of stuff, and we were being followed by a camera crew and a boom mike and we get literally pulled over by four policemen and we were issued with a warning 'under the act of terrorism'."

Williamson and Rickers in offending gear

Rickers, 32, added: "We were stopped, not arrested, but they had to say 'we are holding you under the Anti-Terrorism Act because you're running around in flak jackets and a utility belt', and I said 'and please put spangly blue hairdryer' and he was, like, 'all right'."
The presenting duo also hit the headlines in 2008 when Rickers, re-enacting a scene from The Emperor's New Clothes, appeared to strut around the studio naked, although it was later revealed he was wearing a flesh suit from the waist down.
The morning programme, which provides light-hearted links in between cartoons such as Ben 10: Alien Force and Dork Hunters From Outer Space, attracts around 616,000 viewers each weekend morning, making it the most popular terrestrial programme of its kind.