Over the past few years we’ve seen many stories in the press about photographers being regarded with suspicion by the public and the police. Our friends at the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union have put together the following helpful statement of photographers’ rights:
Statement of Photographers’ Rights
“There is no law in the United Kingdom preventing a photographer from taking photographs in a public place. Individuals have no legal right to stop a photographer from photographing them. Photographers can photograph street scenes, landscapes, buildings, people, including children, the police and other officials, without breaking any law and with perfect freedom to do so. It is, however, courteous to desist from photographing if someone is upset by it.
Photographers should at all times co-operate with the police and should take particular care to avoid obstructing the police or emergency services. Anti-terrorism Laws do give the police powers to stop and search anyone for the prevention of terrorism. No-one can force you to delete any images without a court order.”