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As far as I'm aware, from following the photographers versus police issue as a non-photographer, and critically, from far outside of London, the advice from the Chief Police Officers to their own staff has been that you can't arrest people JUST for taking pictures, except in very specific circumstances and that taking pictures by itself doesn't count as suspicious behaviour.

The problem is that the police on the ground have been whipped up into an anti-terror frenzy - and are largely thugs in any case - and there's a disturbing number of them just ignoring these instructions.

After the lack of prosecution over Ian Tomlinson's death, there's a strong feeling in the country that Something Needs To Be Done about the police. It's fine for them to club annoying hippies protesting about something or other, but the 'ordinary' people are starting to feel worried now and that won't end well.

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