Thugs 'Is Assault' (S602)
From: BoneheadOfTheDayAward@yahoogroups.com on 7/24/2008
'is assault', police tell householder snapping proof of anti-social behaviour
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.
David Green, 64, and
his neighbours had been plagued by the youths
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
'I think it's wrong that when teenagers are running riot and the police are called, it's about me, and I'm treated like a criminal.
'In South London we all know how many stabbings there have been, and I think the police should be busy catching the real bad people.'
Mr Green said he handed his pictures to a deputy headmaster at the nearby Nautical School, and was promised the matter would be investigated.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the force had no record of the incident.
Last week, the Daily Mail reported that a father was told by a play equipment supervisor he was not allowed to take pictures of his own children on a slide.