BBC photographer stopped under Section 44

I was delighted to see that on the Andrew Marr show yesterday morning the eponymous host chose to take up nearly three minutes of his precious running-time to highlight the case of Jeff Overs.

Photographer Jeff is the BBC staff photographer who, when taking shots of the London skyline last week, found himself stopped and seached under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

The Evening Standard covered the story late on Friday and for those who didn't catch Jeff on Sunday, a clip will be available here (for a short time only).

The story rightfully drew the ire of Mr Marr and his guests Mariella Frostrup and Matthew Parris, all of whom agreed that it was yet further evidence of state overreach in preventing terrorism and a case of a complete absence of common sense by the police officer involved. 

Sadly not every photographer who has been moved-along, searched or even detained by the police for similar reasons gets this same exposure, however we know it happens nearly every day.  

According to the Standard:

A spokeswoman said: "We recognise the balance between effective policing and respecting the rights of the media and the general public to take photographs.

"Guidance around the issue has been made clear to officers and PCSOs."

We wait to see if this makes any difference.

By Dylan Sharpe