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Riot-hit London borough slams Britney Spears' gun-toting video for her single "Criminal"


Britney Spears, center, performs on a stage during a concert in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.


LONDON — Britney Spears has raised some hackles in Hackney.

Officials in the east London borough, which was scarred by last month's riots, are miffed that the singer filmed a video in the area that shows her robbing a store and brandishing a gun.

Spears shot the clip for her upcoming single "Criminal" while she was on tour in Britain this month. The singer's public relations firm says the video depicts Spears and boyfriend Jason Trawick "in a Bonnie and Clyde-style setup, holding shops up while on the run as armed robbers."

For Hackney Council, that was in poor taste. It said Monday officials had approved the video shoot but "did not agree that a replica gun could be used on location."

The council is "taking this up with the production company."

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