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Kids and parents split on One Direction drug claims

By Damon Green: ITV News Correspondent

I've been in Sunderland today ahead of One Direction's show at the Stadium of Light. While I was there, I asked some of their fans - many of whom are young girls - and their parents what they think of that video footage that emerged today.

What's clear from most of the younger contingent is that, as far as they're concerned, the band can do no wrong.

But there is a significant group of other people - the people who fetch these young fans from the concerts, who pay for the tickets - that aren't so forgiving.

If you ask many of the parents, they are far from impressed with what they have seen.

Fans defend One Direction amid 'drugs' video

One Direction band member Louis Tomlinson. Credit: The Mail Online

One Direction fans have been quick to jump to the defence of their heroes, after a Mail Online video filmed whilst the band where on tour in Peru appears to show Zayn Malik smoking cannabis whilst travelling with Louis Tomlinson.

Read: Video 'shows One Direction singer smoking marijunana'

Zayn Malik, filmed by Louis Tomlinson during their tour in Peru. Credit: The Mail Online

Other band members Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan are believed to have been travelling in different cars and were not seen in the video.

Possession of small amounts of cannabis for person use is not punishable under Peruvian law.


Parents worry over One Direction 'cannabis video'

Worried parents have expressed concerns after a video surfaced online apparently showing One Direction member Zayn Malik smoking cannabis.

Some discussing the issue on parenting website Netmums said they feared their children would now think of drugs as "cool".

I have no idea how I am going to broach this subject with [my] 13 year old [...]

Tell me how I answer her questions later when she comes to me and says 'but 1D were doing it'.

– Suzi B

Don't really see it as a big deal to be honest. They were in Peru where it's not illegal to posses a small amount of cannabis (according to the article), so technically they weren't doing anything illegal.

– Natalie S

Not a big deal and I do think that there nothing wrong with it HOWEVER they are role models to very very young children and as such think it's idiotic that this video has got out.

I know for a fact my 6 [year] old would think it was cool if she saw One Direction doing it!

– Donna E

Netmums attack 'naive' Zayn Malik after drug claims

Parenting website Netmums has criticised "naive" One Direction star Zayn Malik after footage emerged appearing to show him smoking cannabis.

Nicola Lamond from the parenting site told ITV News: "Popstars doing drugs is nothing new – but when you market your music to pre-teen children, you take on real responsibility as a role model.

One Direction's Zayn Malik was filmed appearing to smoke cannabis. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA

“Parents need to know their infant and junior age child’s idol won’t be caught out doing anything illegal or immoral."

"Perhaps he needs to do some work with a charity specialising in helping children overcome the harrowing effects of drug use in their family.”


Boyband One Direction deny rumours of splitting up

Boyband One Direction have declared they are not splitting up. Instead they want to "release an album every year - year on year," according to member Liam Payne.

Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction Credit: PA

The band, Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Niall Horan, who were brought together by Simon Cowell in the X Factor in 2010, are in Colombia to kick off an international tour after a three-month break and have started recording their fourth album.

Styles told the Sun on Sunday (£): "We always hear rumours about us splitting - but we're not", while Horan added: "We're here for as long as the fans want us."

Harry Styles wins injunction against photographers

Styles has complained of the 'crazy pursuit' of photographers Credit: Yui Mok/PA

One Direction's Harry Styles has won permanent High Court orders against four members of the paparazzi in his legal battle to end the "crazy pursuit" of him.

The injunction prevents the photographers from pursuing the singer by car or motorcycle.

It also stops them from placing him under surveillance, loitering or waiting within 50 metres of his place of residence to monitor his movements or take photos of him.

His barrister told a judge in London today that four individuals had so far been identified since harassment proceedings were launched last year.

All four were handed permanent injunctions while efforts to identify others are ongoing.

In December, One Direction star Styles, now 20, went to court as a last resort after trying to persuade a number of photographers to stop their behaviour voluntarily.

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