During the Easter holiday Geoffrey Massey from Somersham
asked a group of children to stop damaging trees which sit behind his house.
“I asked them nicely and they moved away but later on they came back so again I asked them to stop damaging the trees and all but one of them left.”
He continued: “At that point I went inside, got my camera and as he walked away I snapped a picture of him. When the child realised I was taking his picture he turned round and told me that I cant' do that and that he would tell someone what I did. Well later that day the lady that child-minds him came round and told me she would report me as I'm not allowed to take pictures of children without consent from their parents.”
The next morning a community support officer and a police officer came to his house to ask him about the incident.
“The officer was talking to me and said I don't care if you're a professional photographer or not you can't take a picture of a child without written consent of the parent.”
Mr Massey, who was so shocked by the situation forgot to ask for the officers' badge numbers or name proceeded to show the police officer one of the many articles which highlights the fact that taking photographs of children is not illegal before she went on to ask if she could look at his camera and computer.
“I said no and she said she would have to send a specialist officer round. Nothing came of it and it was all a bit of a storm in a teacup if you ask me as the police left on good terms.
The whole thing's really put me off taking pictures though. I used to take a camera everywhere with me but I don't do this anymore.”
ePHOTOzine contacted the National Police Improvement Agency about the incident and we are currently waiting for their response.