Scouts` `Kate Middleton` kidnap condemned

Last Updated: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 17:59

London: A Scout troop is under fire for posing as terrorists after staging a mock kidnap of a girl playing Prince William`s fiancee Kate Middleton, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Balaclava-clad Scouts kidnapped a teenager playing Middleton before going on a training exercise to find her, the newspaper reported.

Nearly 300 children aged between 11 and 15 were involved in the event, which was designed to foster map-reading skills, the broadsheet said.

They were from a Scout group based in Amersham.

Older Scouts played the parts of the prince and his bride to be, before she was abducted. The Scouts then hunted for clues on a 12-mile trek to find her.

Ros Aitken, a member of Amersham Town Council, said she was shocked.

"I`m horrified that something like this has taken place," she said.

"It does sound inappropriate."

But the event`s organiser, Brian Shelley, told the paper: "The Scouts loved it and found it very amusing.

"Nobody raised any concerns on the day, so I`m surprised to hear there were any."

The quest was harmless fun and simply an idea to mark the royal wedding, he said.

Another local councillor, Davida Allen, told The Telegraph: "I think the Scout movement is fabulous, but it does seem a bit of a strange way to do a search and rescue task."

Clarence House office declined to comment.

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First Published: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 17:59

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