- 6 Jun 2005
A member of the End of the Line website said:A mate was today stopped and searched under Section 44 by one of the resident BTP officers. He was taking pictures of a DVT on the XC runs when a NR bloke asks what is he doing. My mate explained that he was taking pictures, got the usual reply that this is not allowed, mate told him about the ATOC guidelines, NR bloke says he hasn't heard of such a thing and he is calling the police. Police turn up, search the lad (bag out on floor, frisking, checking what he was doing on his phone etc). The 'officer' said he wanted to confiscate the camera but my mate wasn't having any of it so the PC decided to delete the whole contents of the memory card. Got his official bit of paper at the end. Understandably, the guy was quite upset, and furious (so was I on hearing about it later) . The weird thing was that there were plenty of enthusiasts there for the 90 departures but he was the only one that got challenged...
They're not allowed to destroy the contents of the memory card.
Terrorism Act said:A constable may seize and retain an article which he discovers in the course of a search by virtue of section 44(1) or (2) and which he reasonably suspects is intended to be used in connection with terrorism."
Except the policeman did not want the photos to remain on the card as it would simply show that the photographer was not a terrorist.
So, you CANNOT trust all police to stick to the rules.
Of course, the vast majority will do, and do a good job! It's such a shame that a minority give them a bad name, and cause hassle for us.
Who to blame? The invididual or the draconian laws we have (Ultimately due to Bliar)? I say a bit of both.
BLIAR OUT NOW!