Photographers face fresh police crackdown

June 1, 2005

Once again law-abiding photography enthusiasts risk becoming the target of police tactics designed to catch paedophiles.

Innocent photographers face a potential crackdown on taking candid pictures in public as a result of new measures warning parents to be vigilant about strangers taking pictures of children using digital cameras and camera phones in London?s parks.

The alert ? announced by London Mayor Ken Livingstone – will fuel existing fears which are supported by the past experiences of AP readers that police officers presume guilt on the part of amateurs taking pictures of children in public.

In a move likely to alarm law-abiding photographers everywhere Livingston plans to erect warning signs in public areas in London, including Trafalgar Square.

For the full story – and how it might affect you and your photography – see next week?s AP dated 11 June (on sale 7 June).

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