A photographer who was banned by security guards from taking pictures of the Golden Wonder factory in Scunthorpe has uploaded a video of the entire incident to YouTube.
‘I was stood on the road outside the site when a security officer approached,’ said the photographer who claims he was taking industrial photos of the local area as part of an ongoing project.
‘I switched my camera to video mode to record the encounter to protect both myself and the security guards from future false accusations,’ he wrote on visitscunthorpe.com, using the name ‘Hamst’.
During the confrontation, which took place on 17 January, the photographer makes clear that he is on a ‘public footpath’.
During the six-minute video a security guard is heard to say: ‘You are not allowed to take photos of their [Golden Wonder’s] company.’
Moments later the guard fetches a supervisor who tells the photographer: ‘You are breaking the law – taking photos of company buildings. You are not allowed to do that by law. It’s a private company – you are not allowed to take photos of it.’
The photographer was later ordered to delete any images he had taken and told, incorrectly it seems, that police had been called.
Tayto Group, which owns the Golden Wonder brand, declined to comment when approached by Amateur Photographer, instead referring us to the security company it hires to patrol the North Lincolnshire plant.
A spokesman for Kingdom Security Ltd, which is based in St Helens, Merseyside said: ‘We are not making any comment.’
The spokesman said he was waiting for an official response from Kingdom Security’s managing director and public relations department.
The video can be viewed HERE