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Is photography in a public space a crime? We want your views.

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Is taking videos and photos in a public place a crime? We are looking for your views as we conduct a snapshot of research into your views of the police and the public when it comes to filming in public spaces.

Police Hour is conducting some research in preparation for an article which we will be releasing about the policing responses to members of the public filming in public spaces.

We’ll try and keep this article as vague as possible as we don’t want to influence your views or answers, But we will set the scene so you know what kind of area we are focusing on.

We are not wanting responses in relation to members of the public releasing videos of police officers arresting people or responding to incidents, We are mainly wanting to focus on people who have been stopped by the police for recording within a public space.

We really want to offer members of the public a chance to add their views before we release our content, We have all heard of YouTube channels such as Auditing Britain who release interactions between the police and the public.

What is Auditing Britain?

Auditing Britain has 70K followers on social media and goes around the country filming and does so with an approach that will gain a police response. With the intention of then filming the police officers who respond to the reports of a member of public filming.

He will be stopped by the police and film their response to see how they handle his responses to filming in public spaces and to see if his rights will be maintained. Some of these videos have resulted in his arrest, other officers use terror powers and some officers enabling him to go on his way.

Your Views and Comments!

We are looking to created balanced content in relation to filming and taking pictures within public spaces which will highlight whether or not filming in a public space is a crime.

Thanks for taking the time to read this content, Once we have completed our research we will release these within the article we release.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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