Police dismiss photographer’s complaint (update 11.10pm)

October 13, 2011

Strathclyde Police claim that amateur photographer Chris White had ?no basis? for lodging a complaint against the force over pictures he had taken at a shopping centre in Scotland.

Police were called to Braehead shopping centre near Glasgow on 7 October.

A security guard had quizzed White who was using a mobile phone to take a photo of his daughter eating an ice cream.

White claimed a police officer threatened to use anti-terrorism laws.

In a lengthy statement, published on the front page of its website, the force said its officers did not question him under counter-terrorism legislation.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman points to a ?very specific concern? raised by members of the public ?which had nothing to do with him [Chris White] taking photographs of his daughter?.

However, police refused to disclose further details.

Chris White was not available for comment at the time of writing this evening.

He has previously denied any wrongdoing.

Police have said they do not intend to take any action.

Owners of the centre changed their policy, to allow photography, after the incident sparked a Facebook campaign and global media coverage.

And Braehead staff apologised to White for the ‘distress we may have caused him and his family’.

Writing on Facebook, White said he is seeking legal advice over a ‘rumour’ he took a photo of shopping centre staff.

He said police have not questioned him over this.

Tomorrow, White is due to meet Capital Shopping Centres’ management to discuss the photography review, which is set to be implemented at 11 shopping centres across the UK.

A spokesperson for Capital Shopping Centres tonight told Amateur Photographer that the company is going ahead with its plan to allow photography.

She said the decision was based on the ‘public debate surrounding photography’ that followed the row over Chris White’s photos.


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