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A father who was allegedly questioned under the Terrorism Act after taking photographs of his four-year-old daughter enjoying an ice cream at a shopping centre has demanded an apology from Strathclyde Police.
Chris White claims a security guard told him that the pictures, taken at the Braehead centre near Glasgow on Friday afternoon, were "illegal".
The guard allegedly then asked Mr White to delete the photographs, taken on his mobile phone.
Mr White, a mental health trainer, said: "I told him I had taken two photographs of my daughter Hazel, and that since I had already posted them on Facebook there was little point in deleting the pictures.
"The guard then told me to 'remain right there' while he called police, which I chose to do."
According to Mr White, Hazel was in tears while they waited five minutes for officers to arrive at the scene.
He said he was then quizzed by two uniformed policemen who told him there had been a complaint about him taking photographs and that there were "clear signs" in the centre stating that the use of cameras was forbidden.
Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
reply to post by BMorris
To be honest, I'm a lot more concerned about the fact that this person was detained under an anti-terrorism act for taking pictures of his kid.
I'm also kind of concerned that the security guard felt that the appropriate action was to call police rather than simply asking the person to leave, which I feel would have been far more appropriate given the circumstances. Calling the cops on the guy turned a molehill into a mountain.
We have a 'no photography' policy in the centre to protect the privacy of staff and shoppers and to have a legitimate opportunity to challenge suspicious behaviour if required. "However, it is not our intention to - and we do not - stop innocent family members taking pictures."
Originally posted by captiva
What about if I am on private property?
You need permission to enter private property and the owner of the property can impose any conditions they wish on your entry. This could include a ban on photography or a fee for taking pictures.
Originally posted by purplemer
reply to post by getreadyalready
when the law has no respect for humanity... humanity should have no respect for the law... I would not be surprised if someone posts up that security gaurds info online... he would deserve it...