Photographers are *still* being harrassed by police – 2nd August.

Despite the coalition's efforts in this area, the police still don't get it: they are our public servants, paid for by taxpayers, and not the Stasi in some police state or other.

This article describes how a photographer was treated by police in Hackney, London, on 31st July 2010 – well after new guidelines had been issued:

(It's also really annoying that you can't cut & paste things to/from this site, by the way!)

You need to remind the police – YET AGAIN – of the law in this area and how they are meant to be implementing it in the public interest, not in their interest – or ignoring the law for no reason at all!

Why is this idea important?

Despite the coalition's efforts in this area, the police still don't get it: they are our public servants, paid for by taxpayers, and not the Stasi in some police state or other.

This article describes how a photographer was treated by police in Hackney, London, on 31st July 2010 – well after new guidelines had been issued:

(It's also really annoying that you can't cut & paste things to/from this site, by the way!)

You need to remind the police – YET AGAIN – of the law in this area and how they are meant to be implementing it in the public interest, not in their interest – or ignoring the law for no reason at all!

Stop police searching & fining chefs, carpenters etc under s139 of Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA) and/or Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 and other knife related laws.

Obviously knife crime is a problem but I have heard report of the police stopping chefs, carpenters & electricians – and I believe at least one of these people was fined – under the regulations forbidding people from carrying knives in a public place.

Clearly there is no common sense to this at all, any more than there is common sense in the police stopping photographers & tourists under section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

The Home Secretary had the good sense today to try to stop the police being so stupid about photography and the Terrorism Act.  Could she also take a look at the absurd way the various knife laws are applied by some police forces.

Those acts/laws might include:  The Violent Crimes Reduction Act 2008, The Knives Act 1997, the Offensive Weapons Act 1996, the Prevention of Crime Act 1953, the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 and the Tackling Gangs Action Programme.

Why is this idea important?

Obviously knife crime is a problem but I have heard report of the police stopping chefs, carpenters & electricians – and I believe at least one of these people was fined – under the regulations forbidding people from carrying knives in a public place.

Clearly there is no common sense to this at all, any more than there is common sense in the police stopping photographers & tourists under section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

The Home Secretary had the good sense today to try to stop the police being so stupid about photography and the Terrorism Act.  Could she also take a look at the absurd way the various knife laws are applied by some police forces.

Those acts/laws might include:  The Violent Crimes Reduction Act 2008, The Knives Act 1997, the Offensive Weapons Act 1996, the Prevention of Crime Act 1953, the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 and the Tackling Gangs Action Programme.