Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Chatham A Photo Free Zone

If like me, your'e worried by the steady and unstoppable growth of a Police and surveillance state under this Government, then this week's daft story comes from The Register and features Chatham, where Kent Police set a new legal precedent last week, as they arrested a photographer on the unusual grounds of "being too tall". (see photo)

According to his blog, over-tall photographer Alex Turner was taking snaps in Chatham High St last Thursday, when he was approached by two unidentified men. They did not identify themselves, but demanded that he show them some ID and warned that if he failed to comply, they would summon police officers to deal with him.

On the issues of what a citizen may lawfully do in the High St – whether ID must be supplied on demand, and whether photographing a police officer, or even being too tall, was grounds for arrest – neither Chatham nor Kent would provide any further comment. Kent police appeared especially unhappy at providing the public with any guidance as to what constituted an offence.

Last month of course we had the newspaper report of two Japanese tourists being detained under the current anti-terorism legislation for the more serious offense of photographing a red London double-decker bus in a built-up area. Proof positive that the lunatics are now happily running the asylum which we loosely refer to as the United Kingdom. It would of course been far more sensible to arrest them for wearing Burberry accessories instead!

1 comment:

Michael Child said...

Simon reminds me of when KCC said I wasn’t allowed to photograph Ramsgate Library if you click the link in the header of this comment you can read the rather bizarre post about it click here if you missed it.