The UK police terrorism arrest statistics (excluding Northern Ireland) from 11 September 2001 – 31 March 2007 show 1228 arrests were made of whom 699 were released without charge. The statistics do not however detail how many people were threatened under the Terrorism Act without being charged.
In 2006, photographer Jess Hurd was arrested under anti-terrorism laws, while photographing a wedding. Last December it was the turn of artist Rueben Powell, arrested whilst taking photos of buildings in Elephant & Castle as part of a locally sponsored project.
On Monday this week new counter terrorism measures were introduced giving police the right to stop anyone carrying out ‘hostile reconnaissance’. The move prompted a protest involving around 200 photographers who demonstrated, and took photos, outside the headquarters of Scotland Yard.
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