There has been much debate and publicity about the mis-use of police powers of stop and search of photographers, some quite high profile incidents reported in the press. Personally, I have never been stopped, but that doesn’t mean I don’t support the rights of photographers to go about a lawful pursuit without threat of being detained, searched, etc. Interesting that the new Home Secretary Teresa May has intervened, rather overdue in my view. As reported in the British Journal of Photographers sense seems to have prevailed to a degree. Let’s hope that the police actually bother to take note, as it wouldn’t surprise me a bit to still find pockets of numpty hobby bobbies or regular police failing to read and digest the statement. It took the European Court of Human Rights to make them see sense.
On Wednesday of last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that its judgment in the case of Gillan and Quinton is final. This judgment found that the stop and search powers granted under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 amount to the violation of the right to a private life.