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Re: Police intimidation of photographers?

The following is an extract from a counter terrorism document released by the Metropolitan Police prior to the Olympics:-

Security Guards
What action can and cannot be taken by security guards:
• They CAN approach a person that has been seen acting in
a suspicious manner and ask them to account for their
actions;
• They CANNOT stop or detain that person or prevent them
from leaving if they decline to answer;
• If part of the 'suspicious' behaviour involves the taking of
photographs, they do NOT have power to:
Stop a person from taking a photograph of anything or any
person in a public place;
Ask for any images taken be deleted;
Ask to view images taken;
Seize any camera or phone used to take any image;
• Powers to search and seize are ONLY available to a police
officer under S43 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
• If security personnel witness or are made aware of
suspicious activity they should dial 999, if the person is still
on scene;
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