Man arrested on suspicion of photographing sewer-gratings (UK)

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Man arrested on suspicion of photographing sewer-gratings (UK)
Mar 4, 2009

http://www.channelm.co.uk/video_4x3.html?bcpid=1213934526&bctid=5172505001

"News-video about Stephen Clarke, a man who was accused to taking pictures of sewer-gratings in Manchester and arrested. Though the police couldn't find any photos of sewer-gratings on his phone, he was held on suspicion of planning an act of terror, imprisoned for two days while the police searched his home, his phone and his computer. When they couldn't find anything suspicious, they released him, but kept his DNA on file." (Source: boingboing.net)

As far as I understand this police action doesn't have to do with recent legislature debates in the UK. Even if a mysterious set of coincidences made this man look suspicious (whatever suspicious may mean), there is no legal or moral basis to treat him like that IMO. I am not from the UK, maybe it s standard procedure there. Sounds a bit like Russia or Greece. Imagine if the poor guy stemmed from Pakistan, or so, they would have kept him even longer. But that s a different story.

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