…but don’t, whatever you do, watch the men dealing with the birdies!
Hertfordshire police officers told a photographer he would could be sued thousands of pounds for taking picturesof his neighbour’s garden.Simon Richardson took pictures of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) employees who were working next door while he stood in the street.
Just hours later, Mr Richardson says he was visited by the police, who told him under privacy laws he could be sued thousands of pounds.
Clearly, they’ve learned that threatening him with arrest under the Anti-Terrorism laws brings unwelcome publicity, so they tried this tactic instead.
Or, maybe not:
He was also warned that if the pictures were to later appear in a newspaper, the police would become “officially involved”.
Oh, really? I thought that was only if he hacked someone’s voicemail, and then only to collect their fee!
It is, of course, nonsense:
After the confrontation in May, Mr Richardson consulted a barrister who told him the police had no business telling him he could be sued, as this would be a civil and not criminal matter.
Quite. The police are hastily rowing back now it’s come to the attention of the media:
Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Morehen (Ed: SNORK!) said: “The officers were called there to prevent a breach of the peace and whilst there gave advice to the householder about taking photos – there was no threat to be sued by the Constabulary.
“We’re sorry for any confusion caused with Mr Richardson and I invite him to contact me should he wish to discuss this matter further.”
Comments, as always in local news reports, are rather interesting…