A householder who took photographs of hooded teenagers as evidence of their anti-social behaviour says he was told he was breaking the law after they called the police.The story is a little misleading, as a police officer didn’t actually turn up. Oh, no, that would be too unbelievable!
It was our old friend, the PCSO, once again:
David Green, 64, and his neighbours had been plagued by the youths from a nearby comprehensive school for months, and was advised by their headmaster to identify them so action could be taken.But of course! Even though no such law exists, as the posting a few days ago on ‘Harry’s Place’ confirmed. And that was the brilliant legal brains of the PCSO team again too.
But when Mr Green left his £1million London flat to take photographs of the gang, who were aged around 17, he said one threatened to kill him while another called the police on his mobile.
And he claimed that a Police Community Support Officer sent to the scene promptly issued a warning that taking pictures of youths without permission was illegal, and could lead to a charge of assault.
Last night Mr Green, a television cameraman, said he was appalled that the legal system's first priority seemed not to be stopping frightening anti-social behaviour by aggressive youths, but protecting them from being photographed by the concerned public.But not surprised, surely, Mr Green? After all, why deal with a spitting, swearing out of control youth who might resist your words of advice when you can threaten a well-behaved member of the public, who’ll meekly complain to the media instead. Job done!
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the force had no record of the incident.No, I just bet they haven’t….