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The Independent, 3 December 2009

Bobbies confiscate your holiday snaps

Published on 3 December 2009 at 14:17
The Independent, 3 December 2009


Like the sunset at London’s St Paul’s cathedral? Whatever you do, don’t take your camera out. The Independent’s front page leads with reports that amateur and professional photographers are increasingly stopped by police as “terrorists on a reconnaissance mission”. Victims have included two Austrian tourists snapping a London bus station, and even renowned photojournalist Martin Parr, “taking pictures of revellers in Liverpool.” This follows publication of Lord Carlile’s review of the 2000 Terrorism act, Section 44 of which provides, not without controversy, that areas can be designated as “stop-and-search” zones based on their likelihood of being a terrorist target. Speaking to the London daily, Lord Carlile has expressed concern about over-zealous policing. Meanwhile, an amateur was recently pulled up in Brighton for taking photographs “of Christmas lights on his way to work”.

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