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stop s43 becoming the new s44 Terrorism laws

Comment 8th July 2010

Todays announcement by the government on interim changes for section 44 of the Terrorism Act are to be warmly welcomed. As of now photographers cannot be stopped and searched under section 44 (unless they are in a vehicle at the time). 

I know that this is pre-emptive but let us not have s43 powers of stop and search take over because the police cannot use s43.

If you think this is an over reaction then bear in mind that 16 yr old Jules Mattsson who was harassed and held in Romford under s44 was held yesterday under s43 when photographing a parade whom he had permission from the supervisor to so (though no permission was necessary).

Why does this matter?

To ensure the good work on the interim changes of s44 are not circumvented by the use of  s43

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