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Met Amends Advice To Stop Police Harassing Photographers

Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.

The Terrorism Act 2000 does not prohibit people from taking photographs or digital images in an area where an authority under section 44 is in place. Officers have the power to view digital images contained in mobile telephones or cameras carried by a person searched under S44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, provided that the viewing is to determine whether the images contained in the camera or mobile telephone are of a kind, which could be used in connection with terrorism.

Officers do not have the power to delete digital images or destroy film at any point during a search.

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Police & Photography: Stupidity, Incompetence or Arrogance?

Is it not ironic then that Kent Police have several items of photographic equipment up for auction?

From where did they get these items? One has to wonder if any of them were wrongly seized by officers quoting the wrong legislation.

What is done with the personal information of those who buy any of these items? Do they go onto a little database of subversives, terrorists and photographers? Are the buyers apprehended when they arrive at a Kent Police station to collect them? Or do they get their doors kicked down in the middle of the night in a raid where all the person’s computer and photographic kit gets seized?

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Police Stupidity

During my childhood I heard considerably more that was derogatory about the Police than was positive. I’m sure you know the kind of thing. Coppers are thick, coppers can’t read or write unless they’ve got stripes on their arm and all that kind of thing.

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