Britney Spears with boyfriend Jason Trawick on the set of her video, 'Criminal' in Hackney. Credit: Getty Images

Either Britter's camp didn't do their research, or perhaps they didn't think anyone would mind, but the gun stunt has been seen in poor taste, especially given Hackney was affected by last month's London riots.

Britney shot the video clip for her upcoming single 'Criminal' while on tour in the UK this month.

The 'Baby One More Time' singer's reps say the video depicts Britney and her boyfriend Jason Trawick "in a Bonnie and Clyde-style set-up, holding shops up while on the run as armed robbers".

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Reps in Hackney Council have hit out at the pop star's camp, saying it was in poor taste.

On Monday it was confirmed that they approved the video shoot, but "did not agree that a replica gun could be used on location".

Britney and Jason on the set of 'Criminal'.

They have also claimed the Britney carrying the gun glamorises violence, and that the pop star should "apologise... for the rudeness and damage she's done to our community".

While Hackney council may want an apology, it doesn't look like they're going to be getting one any time soon.

Britter's camp have just released the following official statement.

"The video is a fantasy story featuring Britney's boyfriend, Jason Trawick, which literally plays out the lyrics of a song written three years before the riots ever happened."

Guess that means they won't be apologising then?

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