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Warning: Do not take this picture

Midnight_Caller
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Warning: Do not take this picture

Hi All
Just seen this:
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Police have been accused of misusing powers granted under anti-terror legislation after a series of incidents, ranging from the innocuous to the bizarre, in which photographers were questioned by officers for taking innocent pictures of tourist destinations, landmarks and even a fish and chip shop.

This is a symptom of police forces getting too powerful - and arrogant.  This has been done in the name of "Law and order", which you dare not criticise.  The average citizen has been brainwashed by the incessant propaganda on "Terrorism" (The excuse to do just about anything, it would seem).  Angry
Related I’m Photographer Not a Terrorist!
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Re: Warning: Do not take this picture

A similar incident happened here on the south coast..... A guy was using a 35mm film camera.... took one picture of his local high street christmas decs and was pounced upon by two PCSO`s. who asked him for his name and address, and other personal information.  Why? because he might have been a terrorist..... (well, I wonder if he was a terrorist, would he have given them a "proper name" or a false one? ? ?) 
By the way, he was using up an old roll of film and replicating local postcard views .... and causing terror whilst doing it  (in the rain) ! ! !.
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Re: Warning: Do not take this picture

Can you imagine any self-respecting terrorist wandering around with a neck load of cameras? when he/she can get much more comprehensive information on the internet from his desk incognito.
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scootie
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Re: Warning: Do not take this picture

there more like to use a camera phone than a digtal slr in that fact any dedicated camera.
why are the police so stupid, if some one was a terriost they would hide the fact and not stick out like a sore thumb.
shall we all go about doing citizens arrest on every one with a camera phone tomoro.
i wonder what the cops would think to one of my family members who is doing a photography degree and heads out early in the morning with tripod and ends up holding the morning traffic up because the perfect angle for the shot means they need to be in the middle of the road to get long exposure pictures  Roll eyes
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Re: Warning: Do not take this picture

This is a subject at least two of the major railway magazines have been complaining of for months ,
After a long time both Network Rail and British Transport police have formally agreed that photography is permitted.
Network rail officially allow photography on stations - with reasonable conditions
http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/777.aspx
British Transport Police
http://www.btp.police.uk/passengers/advice_and_information/rail_enthusiasts.aspx
Sadly there are still some jobsowrth types on some stations who are ignorant of these policies. But word is slowly getting around.
I mean would any half intelligent terrorist hang around a station with all their CCTV, rail enthusiasts with cameras etc etc.

alanf
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All this concern about taking photos of trains yet I have seen several covered with graffiti. If vandals can gain access to trains in their depots for a few hours to cause all that damage then what is to stop others doing even worse to the trains?
csogilvie
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I believe the Met Police actually produced guidelines for when a Police Officer could stop and search you under Section 42 when out taking pictures, and also on what they can ask you to do....
I can't say I've ever had any problems taking pictures, in and around London though.
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Especially of the adverts on tube trains ?  Cheesy
csogilvie
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Re: Warning: Do not take this picture

That's easy to do on a camera phone (all I usually carry around with me), although you do get strange looks from the people in the carriage....  but I've done loads of pics on the underground and in stations and not had any problems.
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But with a camera phone the quality is not that good, for good quality Photos you need a single-lens reflex (SLR), and yes I do have one!  Wink
pierre_pierre
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thats a sweeping statement, mine is not that good, but some phones are fantastic,  I am not certain but I think the horrible pictures of the nightclub fire in Russia were taken on a phone
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Can you imagine any self-respecting terrorist wandering around with a neck load of cameras? when he/she can get much more comprehensive information on the internet from his desk incognito.

Yes, Petlew is correct, especially when Google has finished spying out the neighbourhood!  Sad
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Thank you Catz. For light entertainment, if you have it, Google Earth for some of the more sensitive areas around the world. You might be surprised at what you can see.
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