More abuse of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

An amateur photographer was arrested at lunchtime 10 12 09 while taking photographs of posters on a building in Hounslow, west London. Photography enthusiast Karol Berezowski, originally from Poland, said officers handcuffed him, before taking him by car to Hounslow Police Station where he was held for three hours. The incident took place at 11.50am on Hounslow High Street.  Speaking to Amateur Photographer. shortly after being released from police custody, Berezowski said he was charged with a public order offence after ‘refusing to take his hands out of his pockets’ when police searched him.

Police said they will not release details of the incident ahead of a possible court hearing. Berezowski said that officers originally told him he would be searched under anti-terrorism laws. Berezowski, who works as a ‘building service engineer’, said that the reason police charged him was ‘abusive’ behaviour, which he denies.

The photographer, who has lived in London for three years, has told Amateur Photographer that he was photographing posters on buildings at the end of Hounslow High Street.  He had been using a classic Leica M6 film camera and claims to have been taking pictures for his portfolio.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that a man was arrested today 10 12 09 for a ‘Section 5’ Public Order Offence, at 11.50am, but a spokesman refused to comment further for legal reasons.  The amateur photographer said he has been issued with an £80 fine but is currently seeking legal representation because he plans to take the case to court.  Hounslow Police Station declined to comment when contacted by Amateur Photographer.


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