Police have been criticised for failing to arrest a man who was seen wandering near Big Ben draped in an Islamic State flag.

The man was photographed walking past a group of Scouts outside the Houses of Parliament as he wore a large Isis flag on his back. He was carrying a small child on his shoulders, who was waving a smaller flag in their hand.

A statement released by the Metropolitan police confirmed that the man was seen by police but that his actions were not considered to be unlawful.

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