16 Year Old Hackney Photographer Detained Under Anti – Terrorism Act

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A 6th form student from Stoke Newington School, was stopped from taking pictures at an Armed Forces Day parade in Romford, on Saturday.

Jules Mattsson who describes himself on his twitter page, as a photojournalist, libertarian socialist and Avid Reader, went into detail on his blog, saying: “I was told by the police I was breaching the terrorism act, public order act, various misc copyright and child protection laws and otherwise being an “Agitator”.

“The incident started when I took an image (not a very good one it seems) of a Police Cadet unit forming up to take part in an Armed Forces Day parade. I was quickly and aggressively stopped by one of their adult officers asking me who I worked for. I responded that I was a freelance and upon being told I needed parental permission to photograph them, I explained this was a public event in a public place and that I didn’t for editorial use.

“She then demanded my details and when I declined, I was quickly pulled aside by police officers.”

This is when Mattsson began recording the incident, but was soon prevented by an officer who demanded his details, which he declined to give.

He was told he was considered a threat, under the terrorism act, for photographing a police officer and had his camera snatched from around his neck, detained, frog marched away before he claims, he was pushed down some stairs and told they, [police] were concerned for his safety.

Eventually an arrest was prevented, by the  intervention of an NUJ LPB welfare officer and was released, but not until after the parade he was attempting to cover was over.

Jules Mattsson maintains he is still in pain and spent several hours in hospital on Sunday, as a result of the incident, suffering ‘severe and debilitating’ back pain from being pushed down the steps by the police.

Jules Mattsson’s run in with the police, came 24 hours after  Journalists, Marc Vallee and Jason Parkinson were awarded compensation by the Met police in an out of court settlement, after they were verbally assaulted and prevented from covering a demonstration.

A statement regarding Jules Mattssons incident, has since been released by the Met police:

It is clearly not the intention of the MPS to prevent people from taking photographs, although, as the public would expect, officers will remain vigilant, particularly in crowded public places.

Any allegations or complaints about police treatment of photographers are taken very seriously by the MPS. Anyone who is unhappy with the actions of individual police officers can make a formal complaint, which will be thoroughly investigated.

Although at this time we have not received a complaint about this incident and no allegations of crime have been made, we will investigate the circumstances.

Our officers do receive guidance around the issue of photography through briefings and internal communications and we continue to drive this work forward.

About Remi Makinde

Remi Makinde Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday, who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned happy to put an unconventional and risky past behind her. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell & Darcy a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix) and runs a London based pet sitting business. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.

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4 Responses to "16 Year Old Hackney Photographer Detained Under Anti – Terrorism Act"

  1. fandango  01/07/2010 at 11:25 am

    The officers were stupid, but this shit head child, was getting in the way and was asked to move along. He appears to have edited the tape in various parts. Why?

    Also why did he say to the police officer in the video, ‘you nearly pushed me down the stairs, then changed it in his account on his blog to he was pushed down the stairs? You just have to read his blog with it’s endless tiresome links to demonstrations over the most nonsensical agendas and agendas and causes he knows nothing about, since he never gives any opinions.

    And I wonder just where he’s learned this behaviour? His parents? Hmm

  2. readit22  04/07/2010 at 9:55 am

    Unfortunately as a press photographer I have to cover these protests marches etc. Which I find very tedious and very boring but your office tells you do!!. I have seen this kid before at many of these type of jobs and I can say that he does look for trouble. He is one of those kids that questions the police and always has to chip in his twenty cents leading to what we see above.

    OK i have been stopped by the police and given a section 44, twice but as I have to cover a job I hand over my details and press credentials and get on with my job stress and pain free I don’t agree with the law which only recently has been scraped but it was the law and I don’t think my office would be to happy if I just moaned and was escorted away with out any coverage. If he was a photographer he would understand that this just has to be done but he is not all he is is a little jumped up kid getting in the way of professionals just trying to do there job and get the hell out of there.

  3. fandango  07/07/2010 at 3:13 pm

    “little jumped up kid” is exactly the way to describe him. it doesn’t look like the main stream media took him seriously.

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