Jet ski photographer files complaint against police

November 5, 2009

An amateur photographer who was stopped while taking pictures of people on a jet ski, amid fears over paedophiles, has filed a written complaint against police.

Police threatened to arrest Garry Chinchen for breach of the peace if he continued taking photos, though police had earlier admitted that his images had not broken any law.

Police said they were called after a member of the public expressed concern that Chinchen had been photographing children changing into wetsuits next to Glyn Neath Lakes in Wales.

The photographer said he was stood in a roadside lay-by (a public area) and that he was not aware children were changing nearby.

The pictures seen by police showed images of a man and boy riding across the lake on a jet ski, both wearing wetsuits.

South Wales Police told Amateur Photographer (AP) they were satisfied Chinchen had not committed an offence after carrying out ‘child protection checks’ and contacting his employer.

Speaking today, the keen photographer said police have told him that the matter has been referred to the Divisional Commander for Neath and Port Talbot.

Meanwhile, continued reports of photographers being stopped while taking pictures prompted AP’s news editor Chris Cheesman (pictured below) to put together a brief video guide to photography in public areas (SEE BELOW).

Picture credit (above): Garry Chinchen


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