Man arrested for taking photographs of children at bus stop.

Started Aug 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
CFynn Veteran Member • Posts: 5,224
Reasonable grounds?

tinternaut wrote:

It isn't strictly speaking illegal to photograph anyone (at least if wearing clothes) on the streets of the UK. However, the police will investigate any complaint, especially anything involving children.

In all likelihood, no charges will be made but the man will have suffered a degree of inconvenience for doing something widely regarded as unwise - probably taking photos of children without the permission of their parents.

Some lady complains to a security guard that she saw some guy taking pictures of children at a bus stop which she thinks is "suspicious" - the security guard passes the complaint on to the police who arrest the guy without even talking to the lady who said she saw something suspicious. They can't find anything that he did wrong (presumably they checked the memory card or film in his camera) and had to let him go. Now they are probably desperately searching for this lady just so that they can show reasonable grounds for arresting him in the first place.

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