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Having enjoyed The Half-Blood Prince last night with tanais and elinor and (I'm sure she has an LJ!) Heiko, it was amusing to catch this news story today: "Jamie Waylett, 19, who plays bully Vincent Crabbe in the film series, pleaded guilty to growing 10 cannabis plants in tents at the Kilburn house....The court heard police found shots of the plants on Mr Waylett's camera after he was arrested for taking a picture of officers." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8153908.stm

I don't disapprove of growing cannabis (the drug enforcement in the UK is a masterpiece of ignoring the issues and demonising the wrong people), but keeping photos of your hydroponics is like posting your mother's maiden name on Facebook and wondering why your bank account gets hacked. Much more worrying is the bit where "Waylett had been videoing the road side for a music compilation when he caught the attention of officers". Why was that so suspicious? Why did the police get to look at the footage on his camera? Did they have a warrant for that? If not, is that not a violation of his privacy?



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16th Jul, 2009 16:37 (UTC)
There's been a lot of discussion of late over what rights the police have in respect of photography. Whilst it now seems clear that they cannot force someone to delete pictures from a camera, they can probably look at them as part of a lawful search - and there are plenty of circumstances in which police can lawfully search an arrested individual.
16th Jul, 2009 18:10 (UTC)
Absolutely ... if I'd been his lawyer I'd have been investigating the legality of them stopping him and checking the photos on his camera.

And it is not against the law to photograph police officers. (I speak as a non lawyer but a keen photographer)
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