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a Man was detained as a Terror suspect for taking a Photo of a Police Car (in u.k.)

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Terror quiz for man who took photo of police car

 

Malcolm Sleath took pictures of the police car driving erratically across a public park in Enfield (file picture)

Malcolm Sleath took pictures of the police car driving erratically across a public park in Enfield (file picture)

A man was detained as a terrorist suspect for taking a photo of a police car being driven erratically across a public park.

 


Malcolm Sleath, who is chairman of his local park society, was stopped by two officers and told he had breached Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

 


The law was amended in February to allow police to stop and search anyone they consider is a terrorist threat.

 


Those found guilty face a maximum ten years in jail. But Mr Sleath, acting chairman of the Friends of Town Park in Enfield, North London, was furious because police are not allowed to drive in that area of park.

 


The 62-year-old management consultant said: 'It was coming a public footpath and leaving tyre marks everywhere and making people move out of the way.

 


'They are supposed to park and investigate things on foot, so I wanted to show the picture to the sergeant.

 


'(The officer) was clearly embarrassed to be photographed where he shouldn't have been and wanted to intimidate me.'

 


The two PCSOs had been dispatched to the park to look for evidence of drug use in the surrounding bushes.

 


But their bosses issued an immediate apology to Mr Sleath after the incident and admitted the pair should have been on foot.

 


The PCSO concerned has also received 'formal words of advice', a police spokesman said.


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Wow, I have done this on vacation.  Makes you think twice before taking pictures.  This seems a little harsh, or paranoid on LE part. What could a Terrorist possibly gain from a photo of a police car?


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Many years ago, around 20 I think it was, I went back to visit my RAF base in Cyprus,( where I had worked from 1974 to 1977 when the turkish war/Greek war was going on)


I was with my American wife who was 8 months pregnant.  I innocently asked her to stand near a nice flowering tree, and the station gates in the distance. Next thing a security guy ran out (shouting all Greek to me), and arrested me and my wife (remember I was in the police then, back in the U.k.)


I was questioned for 8 hrs, by an Air force Officer,  and my wife held in another room for 8 hrs.... Finally they let us both free.


IT MAKES YOU WONDER AT TIMES, DOES ANY OF THESE GOVERNMENT IDIOTS  REALLY THINK for themselves, without going through such bureaucratic Nonsense?


 They apologised later, and said because my wife was American, we were to be treated as possible terrorists, and due to some bombings having taking place in another Air force place by Gadaffi in Libya.


 The fact that my wife was AMERICAN, and Americans were not top of Gadaffis Christmas card list did not matter I suppose?

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why did they give them a car then? this is bs. I wouldnt walk anywhere where i can drive. thats why it says police on the side of the car so you can drive it where yuou need to be .

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Um... The ability to produce counterfiet vehicle markings and use a cloned vehicle in an operation


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Wow, I have done this on vacation.  Makes you think twice before taking pictures.  This seems a little harsh, or paranoid on LE part. What could a Terrorist possibly gain from a photo of a police car?



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