New guidance says police have no power to stop photographers


Welcome news from the Association of Chief Police Officers which has told its members to stop harassing photographers.

Writing in the Independent today chief constable Andy Trotter, chairman of Acpo’s media advisory group, said: “Everyone… has a right to take photographs and film in public places. Taking photographs… is not normally cause for suspicion and there are no powers prohibiting the taking of photographs, film or digital images in a public place.”

Acpo has sent this advice to all its members. It follows concerns that police have been using anti-terror powers as an excuse to stop photographers taking photographs in public places.


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