Photographing sewers and drains is a little odd I'll grant you, regardless of your footwear, but no-one sees you doing that (probably) but hostile reconnaissance takes place in places frequented by the publc and airports, stations, shopping areas and sports stadia are favourite places for terrorist attacks and as such under CERTAIN circumstances people taking photographs shouldn't be surprised if they get stop/accounted. But, and it's a big but, there's a question of proportionality. There have been too many cases of Sec 44 being used inappropriately and as such it was brought, in my opinion, into disrepute. I don't see why anyone would object to a person being stopped if he/she is taking photographs of CCTV cameras or door locks, security guards' I.D. cards or Police Warrant Cards, Police stations or the structure of airports or stations. There's a very good reason taking pictures in outbound security at airports is not allowed.the problem with this is that most 'normal' photographers would think pulling on a pair of wellies and going down a drain to take photos is a little odd, so half the people on this site are potential terrorists
Ludicrous! That's all I can say about your experience. What reason were you given for that? That is exactly what I mean about the inappropriate use of Sec 44. As far as I'm aware there was, and still is a need to explain why the Police stop a member of the public and ask what he/she's doing and I can't see why the posession of a camera constitutes reasonable grounds. Did you ask for an explanation either from the officer or from his superiors later? Hostile reconnaissance does take place but many, if not most, of the most contentious cases of people being stopped while photographing, or not in your case, are caused by those who completely miss the point or who are simply trying to hit targets.@the beard - what colour is the sky on your home planet mate?
My last stop under 'anti terror laws' was at 9 a.m, in a sleepy Somerset Town, on a public street, on a Sunday, whilst with my son - I just happened to be carrying (carrying, not using) a camera in the same road as a police station.
Does that make me one of your ""Hostile reconnaisance" (sic) suspects?
I don't think there is anything I've put in this post that suggests that photographers, and I include myself in that category, shouldn't be allowed to take pictures of pretty much whatever they want but all I'm saying is that there are others who use photography as a means of intelligence gathering and we shouldn't take our liberty so much for granted anymore.
No death threats yet so I think I'm ahead so far. Still there's plenty of time yet