Wednesday, 14 December 2011

It happened again

The BBC reports : -

A photographer has expressed his shock at being threatened with arrest after taking photos in the street.

Tom Maddick, 25, was taking pictures of his home town of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, when he was stopped by two police community support officers.

He said he was told taking the photos was illegal and to delete the images.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said there had been a "training issue" and that the "officers concerned had been spoken to".

Mr Maddick said he had been taking photos of Stockwell Gate, in Mansfield, as part of a project documenting life in the town.


Sam Vega said...

"A training issue"


"Due to an oversight, we neglected to tell the officers that "taking pictures" can have two different meanings, depending on the context. They saw this law-abiding citizen deploying his Nikon, and assumed that he was robbing an art gallery".

A K Haart said...

SV - yes - common sense is a training issue now.