reply to post by grantbeed
Ok, lets clear this one up first..
You DO NOT
have to give your details to any Police person (be they plastic, hobby-bobby or real) unless they have reasonable cause, ie you are
suspected of committing an offence.
Now, I cannot watch the video as I am at work, but I imagine they tried the old "section 44" route? Either that or use the Terrorism Act to say
taking pictures of police/public buildings etc is illegal.
Firstly, the Police have been told off for abusing section 44 powers as they only really apply to a designated area authorised by a Chief Constable
for a defined period of time. I highly doubt this area was under such an order so any Section 44 attempt would be illegal.
Secondly, it is not illegal (no matter what the Police might say at the time) to take pictures of the Police, public buildings etc UNLESS
grounds to assume the person is using said photo's for the prepartion of an act of terrorism. The Met had to issue a special
guidance notice last year to inform their plod of this as they were interpretting the law themselves, which is not what they are supposed to do.
The problems arise when you get idot Police who don't know anything about the law encounter idiot Joe Publics who also know fudge all about their
The only things that taking pictures of is slightly illegal is Military installations (the Police think they class as military, but they don't) and
even then, as long as you are not calle Mohammed El Kaboom, then they can't really tell you off. You can happily snap from a hill overlooking Gosport
of all the RN ships there and it isn't illegal.
The problem, like I said, arises from plain ignorance on both sides. Know your rights and this problem doesn't exist, so it's a bit OTT to declare
the UK as a Police state when in actuallity it is down to morons interpreting the Law incorrectly.
EDIT: I have a feeling people will skim my post as it will interfere with their rants about the Uk being like Nazi Germany...
[edit on 21/6/10 by stumason]