xbob89 wrote:"So I'd argue if you're a photographer taking photos of other people's children without permission and you refuse to stop your actions could be considered to be causing harassment, alarm or distress to those people, based on the recent case law. At the very least I'd tell you to stop doing so.
If you informed me that your own kids are in the park then fair enough, you've got ample reason to be there and I'll stop bothering you."
Ah but now the story is changing....
We werent talking about a specific complaint about me taking pictures.
This is simply about me taking pictures in a park of children enjoying themselves and a PCSO asking me what Im doing and demanding my details.
Im committing no offence so am not obliged to even speak to you let alone furnish you with my details etc..
Most confused post ever
Was that in response to my post? lol
OK, you don;t need permission to take peoples pictures (it may be good manners) but you don;t need their permission.
What recent case law? Please tell me and provide a link if possible?
You can tell me to stop and I'll politely tell you to go away, continue bothering me (bear in mind I'm acting lawfully) and I'll be asking you for your collar number and you'll be getting a formal complaint via the IPCC.
Seriously this could get you into a lot of trouble I'd be having a word with my divisional training officer if I were you and getting up to speed on what you can and can't do.
Last week I was out in Liverpool doing some street photography 2 bobbies had a look at me said hello and left me to it, they didn't ask what I was doing who I was. Was I Al Quaeda or a paedo, clearly they knew what the score was and that was that.
Now I'm not having a go at you but seriously guys from what I'm reading on here you need to get up to speed on the law relating to photographers and what you can and can't do. I'm one of the most pro Police people out there however I will not stand for over zealous, or poorly trained infringements on my human rights.