Tall photographer stopped again by police

Last week I linked to the story of “too-tall” photographer Alex Turner, who was arrested by Kent Police after taking some photos in Chatham High Street.

Turner was stopped by police again on Sunday, and asked to show his ID.

The Register reports:

Turner, perhaps foolishly, returned to the scene of his earlier crime (Chatham High St) late on Sunday to see whether the local community “would be… equally protected from suspected terrorism by night as it would be by day”. The answer is yes. CCTV operators spotted him taking photos. A police car arrived and officers asked him to explain what he was doing and demanded sight of his ID.

On this occasion, fearful that he might be arrested again, he complied. In subsequent conversation with local police, he says they have unanimously expressed the view that failure to provide ID is likely to lead to his arrest.

Read the full story here, including the opinion of a legal expert from Liberty:

This feels like it could well be an unlawful arrest. It also appears to be yet another example of the police misunderstanding and misusing over-broad terrorism powers.

As has already happened with s44 searches, the misuse of anti-terror laws makes us less safe, because it creates an atmosphere of hostility and non-cooperation by the general public towards the police.

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7 Comments

  • Liberal Neil 22nd Jul '09 - 11:05pm

    I’m interested to find out what it is in Chatham High St that could be so useful to terrorists?

  • Herbert Brown 22nd Jul '09 - 11:29pm

    “I’m interested to find out what it is in Chatham High St that could be so useful to terrorists?”

    I hope you realise what a risky thing that is to say …

  • Tom Papworth 23rd Jul '09 - 12:56pm

    I was on a photography course last weekend. The photographer leading the seminar told me that she has given up using a tripod in London. It’s just not worth it. Every time she erects it she is interrogated by police.

    Apparently, photographing the Houses of Parliament is now a suspicious activity. Run, Japanese tourists, run!

  • Andrew Suffield 23rd Jul '09 - 10:42pm

    Police intimidation tactics like this are outright criminal behaviour (it’s “creating a public nuisance” at least, and probably also common assault; on the civil side, it’s tortious fraud), even with today’s draconian laws. What I want to know is, what can we do to get this enforced against the officers involved? We need to get people like this off our streets.

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