Story on Boing Boing about Stephen Clark in Manchester, arrested and locked up for two days for allegedly photographing a drain cover. The drain had been sealed prior to the Labour Party Conference as a security measure. Initially he was arrested for causing criminal damage, despite no damage being done. He was then re-arrested for being concerned in terrorist activities.
He was later released without charge, after the police failed to find any drain cover photos on his mobile phone, camera, computer, etc, but the police still hold his DNA on their database. He was arrested in the autumn, but this has cropped up in the news now as he’s wanting off the DNA register (and quite rightly so), in line with the recent European Court ruling that this was a basic breach of human rights.
I wonder if he’d have been released without charge if the cops had found photographs of drain covers. The implication is that it’s somehow a terrorist offence to photograph these securely sealed drain covers. Which is patently nonsense, as we can clearly see them in this video, which probably contains some of the Police’s own footage.
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I’m sure the fact Mr Clark appears to have an Irish accent had nothing to do with his arrest, right?