The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining a photographer’s official complaint against Kent Police after he was arrested for taking photographs in Chatham, Kent.

Amateur photographer Alex Turner was arrested, and later ‘dearrested’, in Chatham High Street on 8 July.

He said police told him the arrest was a result of him taking a picture of an officer.

A spokeswoman for the police watchdog said it is currently considering whether it should conduct an independent investigation or whether it will be deemed an internal police matter.

‘We have received the referral and are assessing the information available to decide which is the best way to process an investigation,’ she told Amateur Photographer.

A Kent Police spokesman said that the force had referred the photographer’s complaint to the IPCC ‘voluntarily’.


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