•Failure to stop or obstructing a police constable acting under section 44 is a criminal offence.
•Seize any article he reasonably suspects is intended to be used in connection with terrorism
•Search your vehicle and anyone in it
•Note exactly why they said you were being stopped and searched – this may be more extensive than the reference in the record slip.
•Ask to see the officers’ warrant card and note the number. (This is useful when making a complaint if they have moved stations and their shoulder number changes)
•It is not against the law to take photographs in an area where an authority under section 44 is in place.
•Using a tripod or other equipment on a public right of way can be considered obstruction. Simply standing still on a public right of way (as to take a photo) can be deemed an obstruction in certain circumstances.
•Although it is rarely used, the Official Secrets Act prohibits photography that threatens the security of the state. This includes:
> Military establishments and munitions stores, aircraft and ships
>Civil Aviation property and naval dockyards
> Railways, road, waterway, power stations, waterworks and nuclear power stations that have been defined as prohibited places by the Secretary of State.
>Telephone exchanges and communications centres operated by the Crown
>Anywhere else that is a prohibited place by order of the Secretary of State
•You can photograph private property if you are on public property or a public right of way
•Private property owners may impose restrictions on photography, this only applies to photographs taken from somewhere on their property. Restrictions may not always be obvious but will still apply. They cannot be imposed after the photography has occurred.
•There is no right to privacy in a public place, however, there are circumstances in which a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, particularly if they are inside their own home. Childrens privacy rights are particularly protected. You therefore need to be aware that publication without consent may leave you open to legal action.
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