Suspected terror group were caught filming areas of London, say police.

Reports say footage showing suspected terror group filming was only released after more people criticised the stop and search powers of the police.

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PoliceAfter more photographers complain about stop and search law, footage showing a suspected terror gang using cameras to film footage in London has been released by Police.

The footage, which was filmed on a man's mobile phone and not a DSLR, was filmed while he travelled around London. The footage was released today in response to the criticism the police have received over stopping and searching photographers and tourists.

Detective Superintendent Chris Greany, head of counter-terrorism at City of London Police, said: "We want to set a balance between the challenges of policing and legitimate photography by tourists and the media."

The release of the footage comes days after the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) sent a strong warning out about the use of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

Will this hush the storm currently surrounding the use of Section 44? As the footage shows a small, mobile phone as the camera of choice and no DSLR insight, maybe the debate isn't over just yet...

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dwilkin 15 24.3k United Kingdom
15 Dec 2009 4:45PM
Just what I've always said - terrorists don't use dSLRs and tripods - they use mobile phones...
gary.d 19 146 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2009 10:39PM
Talk about clutching at straws in the face of bad press. The individual in question wasn't even prosecuted for terrorist activities. This one will hopefully backfire and this clear infringement of civil liberty will become an important issue at the next election.
fraser 17 631 14 Scotland
16 Dec 2009 9:08AM
Well, duh! I would never have guessed that terrorists use cameras.

Better watch, they'll be stopping us for talking on our mobiles, using our laptops our driving our cars soon.
16 Dec 2009 10:29AM
Camera PHONES, important distinction that the police seem to have conveniently forgotten. They only pick on people with dSLR's because its easier rather than target the guy lurking at the back sneakily filming on his phone.

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