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Elderly photographer branded a paedophile - Taking pictures of an empty paddling pool has landed one lady in hot water.
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An elderly lady was asked to stop taking photographs of a empty paddling pool because a park official thought she may be a paedophile.
Betty Robinson was out for a day trip with her friend Brenda Bennett to see an ocean liner leaving Southampton docks and on the way home she decided to take some pictures in the cities common. The fenced off paddling pool was completely deserted but still a female official ordered her to stop taking photographs of the pool.
Only last week was another person stopped from taking photographs at a local show in fear he may be a paedophile when really he was out with his family and only wanted to take a picture of his children having a good time.
The issue was also raised in the House of Lords by the Countess of Mer who said: "All of us who have children or grandchildren like to photograph them. Is it not time that the hysteria that has built up was quelled?"
Southampton City Council have now apologised about the incident and said it was trying to safeguard youngsters.
They also said that staff would now be advised to use more discretion.