Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Wednesday, 3 March 2010


Another photographer stopped, in Manchester.


He says
[an official in a red jacket] decided that I wasn't allowed to take pictures of him and the PCSO doing their job, I explained that I was and took another picture to prove it. He then instructed the PCSO to get my details and began ranting about terrorists and not wanting his picture in the paper.
Luckily he knew what to say, and what to do, because
As a retired officer with 30 years experience I am confident in dealing with these situations but many people aren't. I am baffled by the idea that anyone would think me a terrorist threat. Why would terrorists look for pictures of enforcement officers in newspapers and then target them?  Many Police Officers appear in Public relations photographs and to my knowledge none of them have been knobbled by Al Qaeda. I am living testament to that, as a Community Constable I was encouraged to get my photo in the local paper whenever possible.
Read the whole post, also the follow up comments, there are some useful pointers - in case it ever happens to you.

And, by the way, Robert Norbury has some rather nice photographs on his other site. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Wrinkled Weasel said...

Thanks for the link. There are enough of these stories to merit some kind of government intervention and clarification...if only.