Police delete London tourists photos to prevent terrorism

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  1. Like most visitors to London, Klaus Matzka and his teenage son Loris took several photographs of some of the city's sights, including the famous red double-decker buses. More unusually perhaps, they also took pictures of the Vauxhall bus station, which Matzka regards as "modern sculpture".

    But the tourists have said they had to return home to Vienna without their holiday pictures after two policemen forced them to delete the photographs from their cameras in the name of preventing terrorism.

    Matkza, a 69-year-old retired television cameraman with a taste for modern architecture, was told that photographing anything to do with transport was "strictly forbidden". The policemen also recorded the pair's details, including passport numbers and hotel addresses.

    In a letter in today's Guardian, Matzka wrote: "I understand the need for some sensitivity in an era of terrorism, but isn't it naive to think terrorism can be prevented by terrorising tourists?"

    "Google Street View is allowed to show any details of our cities on the world wide web," he said. "But a father and his son are not allowed to take pictures of famous London landmarks."

  2. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    It is a bit silly when they are elderly cloggies, I must admit. But I for one get a major sad on when photographed in my official capacity as a civil servant, as threats have been made against serving Officers before. There has to be a common sense approach - if someone is taking pictures of nearby M16 HQ and looking distinctly shifty, then thats cause for deletion. But if you have 50 Japanese tourists taking pictures of coppers outside some faceless gobment building, who gives a flying fcuk?
  3. Such is life under NuLab Nazi Britain. Seeming inocuous and innocent "happy snaps" can be seen by the regime as preparation for terrorism. In 1997 this was a free country, freedom to think and go about our legal lives perfectly unhindered. We lived for 30 years with Irish Terrorism without having any thoughts about ID cards, or the repressive measures now employed on our streets.
  4. This was the sort of thing you heard stories of in the Eastern Bloc and in African dictatorships.

    Well that'd explain it.
  5. How much of the photos were bus station, and how many were MI6?
  6. They were quite happy to have it in the bond movie, and a quick google and you can get nice clear close ups!

    Attached Files:

  7. ^Took the nephew there and took a few pics when in London a few years ago because he wanted to see 'where James Bond worked'.

    What a bunch of spoilsports!
  8. What has UK Plc come to.

    On the one hand it confiscates tourist pictures, on the other it allows google to drive a car with a camera around town taking digital images of anything, everything and anybody - with or without their permission?
  9. It will be a PCSO who doesn't understand their powers..............

  10. Or a PCSO who does know his/her powers yet feels the need to large it up with somebody who doesn't know his/her powers. :)
  11. Comrade you should not criticize Comrade Brown and the Peoples Police.

    Onwards, our grain stores are full and tractor production increases.....
  12. Oh yes, this will really stop terrorism.

    After all, it's not like anyone has gone to the trouble previously to render 3d models of some of our more sensitive buildings and then publish them online, is it?


    Welcome to Nazi Britain Mr & Mrs Tourist
  13. Or perhaps that the powers dont understand the PCSO?

    Namely being that they are rubbish.
  14. James O'Bond worked in Spring Gardens. Arrived on his motorbike apparently.