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Originally posted by CX
Just as a little extra, i just spoke to the anti-terrorist hotline regarding this. I am planning a trip to London with my young daughters, and just thought it would be interesting to see what the score is about photography in London.
I have to say, they were more than helpfull.
I know it's just one officer speaking, but he said that officers use their discretion in the individual cases. If i'm taking pictures around the Westminster sites with my girls, he said no-one will bat an eyelid.
If i'm up there on my own taking pics of things like the cctv on specific buildings, and that kind of thing, you may find someone could question what you are doing.
The officer on the phone said obviously you get some officers that are a little "over zealous" in their duties, but on the whole there will be absoloutely no problem with taking pictures in London.
He also referred to the odd media report and said they blow it way out of proportion most of the time. As he stated, it's London....thousands of people go there every week to take pictures. Not much you can do about that.
I feel sorry for the trainspotters and architecture buffs, it's the likes of them who are going to have a rough time with this.
I know many here will take the above info with a pinch of salt, but i just thought i'd add that it might not be all doom and gloom.
Originally posted by whatukno
I would have laughed at the cops.
Freaking bobbies, don't even have a gun, how the hell are you gonna tell me what not to do?
I mean really? What are they gonna do, blow a whistle?