Jules Mattsson, the young photographer prevented from taking pictures of police cadets in Romford ten days ago, has been stopped today outside Buckingham Palace under Section 43 of the Terrorism Act, according to a report on Twitter.
Writing on Twitter, photographer Marc Vallée, co-founder of the I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist! campaign group, said he received a call from the 16-year-old photographer to that effect, today.
By law, police should only stop and search a person under Section 43 of the Terrorism Act if they ?reasonably suspect? the person to be a terrorist.
Section 43 states: ?A constable may stop and search a person whom he reasonable suspects to be a terrorist to discover whether he has in his possession anything which may constitute evidence that he is a terrorist.?
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police did not have a record of the incident when contacted by Amateur Photographer this afternoon.
Mattsson was not available for comment at the time of writing.
Last month police stopped a photographer in Trafalgar Square under the same legislation.
Photographers and photography magazines have tirelessly campaigned against what they see as unfair use of the UK’s anti-terror laws, though most complaints stem from police use of ‘Section 44’ which has been ruled as unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights.