A British bus enthusiast says it is no longer safe to practice his hobby of 40 years after being branded a terrorist and a pedophile.

Rob McCaffery, 50, is proud of his 30,000 photos of trams and coaches, but after being interrogated twice in 12 months he fears the time may have come to hang up his camera.

The credit controller, from Gloucester, says he now suffers "appalling" abuse from the authorities and public who doubt his motives.

The bus watcher, officially known as an omnibologist, said: "Since the 9/11 attacks there has been a crackdown. "The past two years have absolutely been the worst. I have had the most appalling abuse from the public, drivers and police over-exercising their authority.

McCaffery, who is married, added: "We just want to enjoy our hobby without harassment. I can deal with the fact someone might think I'm a terrorist, but when they start saying you're a pedophile it really hurts."

His love affair with buses has seen him touring former Eastern Bloc countries — but only in the U.K. has he been accused of doing anything dubious.

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