Amateur photographer claims victory over police (update 2.30pm)

November 26, 2009

Amateur photographer Alex Turner who was arrested while taking pictures on a Kent high street earlier this year claims to have struck a victory against police after he lodged an official complaint.

Alex Turner was arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000, and later ‘dearrested’, in Chatham High Street on 8 July.

He said police told him the arrest was a result of him taking a picture of a police officer.

The photographer made an official complaint to Kent Police saying the incident left him ‘traumatised’.

Kent Police today neither confirmed nor denied the photographer’s victory claim.

In a statement released to Amateur Photographer magazine a police spokesman said: ‘Kent Police can confirm that Mr Turner has been updated on the internal investigation. The investigation is ongoing with Kent’s Professional Standards Department and it would not be appropriate to comment at this time.’

Turner said his wife had received a call from police on 23 November. ‘They were ringing to let me know that my complaint has been upheld. The only details I have right now is the phrase ‘unlawful arrest’ and that they want to say sorry,’ wrote Turner in his blog.

In July, police referred the photographer’s complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which then decided the matter should be dealt with internally by Kent Police.


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