August 23rd, 2008

Smile for the Camera

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Oh dear, PCSO Bloggs won’t be pleased. Another opportunity – if one were required – to slag off PCSOs again.

The headline read “Photographing thugs is assault” & referred to the story of a resident in London plagued by anti-social behaviour from teenagers at a local school. The headmaster had advised him to identify the offenders so the school could take some action.

David Green went out to photograph the youths, one of whom promptly threatened to kill him while another phoned the police on his mobile.

The report claims that a PCSO arrived & warned Mr Green that taking photos of youths without their permission was illegal & could lead to a charge of assault.

I have no idea whether this was actually what the PCSO said & neither, it appears, does the Metropolitan Police who told the newspaper that they had no record of the incident.

If it is true I’m not sure where the PCSO got their information from; there is nothing illegal in taking photos of people without their permission. If to do so could lead to a charge of assault then I’ll be at the front of the queue to bring a violence case against my local council who insist on taking my photo every time I go into town.

I’ve mentioned before similar cases of people being given misleading information & warnings in regards to photography in public places. We all make mistakes, fortunately mine don’t appear in large print in the national newspapers.

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