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Police Code of Ethics update Updated code of practice to go before Parliament...
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Met Police wearing body cameras Our comment: Police finally admit that cameras are good...
Thu, 08 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

"When our time came - Britain, we did it right." - Lord Coe SceneThat’s view of a great games...
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Police and Crime Commissioners - coming soon In November the public across England and Wales (excluding London) will have the opportunity to elect their own commissioner....
Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Police settle out of court with another UK photographer Met. Police have settled out of court with lawyers representing Jules Mattsson (re: Armed Forces Parade, Romford 2010)...
Fri, 9 Dec 2011 22:00:00 GMT

Police settle out of court with UK photographer Lancashire police have just settled out of court with an amateur photographer who they detained in 2009...
Fri, 9 Dec 2011 17:00:00 GMT

New threat to UK photographers? Will the findings of the Leveson Inquiry result in restrictions on UK photographers?...
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:00:00 GMT

UK Security guards get guidance about photographers The BSIA have issued guidance to security guards on hostile reconnaissance and photographers’ rights...
Fri, 4 Nov 2011 12:00:00 GMT

Capital Shopping Centres ::: Revised photography policy The company at the centre of the Braehead photography controversy have issued a revised photography policy...
Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:00:00 GMT

Braehead ::: photographer speaks A photographer has complained that Strathclyde Police questioned him for taking a picture of his daughter eating an ice cream...
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 18:00:00 GMT

Scotland: A breath of fresh air. We have enjoyed talking to officers at Scottish Natural Heritage about guidance for photographers...
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:00:00 GMT

New Met Commissioner appointed. Bernard Hogan-Howe will be the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, the Home Secretary announced today...
Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:00:00 GMT

Photographers attend CoL Police Project Griffin training Police invite photographers groups to participate in counter-terrorism awareness event...
Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:00:00 GMT

Unrest in the UK: safety advisory The International News Safety Institute has issued a safety advisory for news crews covering unrest in the UK...
Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:00:00 GMT

Six steps forward, one step back Positive improvements by the City of London Police knocked back somewhat...
Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:00:00 GMT

Stand Your Ground Six photographers went out to photograph for the London Street Photography Festival....
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:00:00 GMT

Meeting report: Home Office (15/7/2011) AP reports on excellent progress at Home Office meeting with the Office for Counter-Terrorism and Security...
Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT

Reminder: NO photographs inside courts An Italian journalist was in hot water yesterday after taking a picture of proceedings in the Royal Courts of Justice, on his mobile phone...
Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:00:00 GMT

New contact number for the Met The new 101 number, intended to be used for non-emergency calls, was launched today...
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:00:00 GMT

Spotted at The Manchester Day Parade Made us smile...
Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:00:00 GMT

Police arrest Manchester photographer Police arrest Manchester photographer - he was later released without charge. Statement from GMP...
Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:00:00 GMT

Police v Prime Minister: who will win? A lesson in OfficialSpeak.
Thu, 9 Jun 2011 12:00:00 GMT

Flashback: June 2008 Is carrying a tripod in central London still a hanging offence?
Tue, 31 May 2011 12:00:00 GMT

The proper balance between freedom and security Like the railways, we are getting there. Slowly...
Sun, 29 May 2011 11:00:01 GMT

UPDATE: Ministerial changes at the Home Office James Brokenshire to take over responsibility for security and counter-terrorism in the Home Office...
Thu, 12 May 2011 14:30:00 GMT

Ministerial changes at the Home Office Baroness Neville Jones has today stepped down as minister of state for security and counter-terrorism. More...
Mon, 9 May 2011 17:30:01 GMT

SceneThat: Results of 2010/11 survey of photographers SceneThat is pleased to share the results of their 2010/11 ‘quick survey’ of photographers.
Sun, 1 May 2011 07:00:02 UT

UPDATE s58 Anti-terror powers used to arrest a man spotted taking suspicious photographs UPDATE...Scotland Yard have confirmed an earlier PA report that Royal Wedding police used anti-terror powers to arrest a man spotted taking suspicious photographs...
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:20:00 UT

London City Hall Flashmob I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist! (PHNAT) is organising a flashmob outside London’s City Hall.
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:10:00 UT

s47A debated on BBC R4 Marc Valee, campaigning investigative journalist and photographer, and chief constable Andy Trotter, of ACPO, debate the claim that s47A is "s44 in new clothes".
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:00:00 UT

Home Office Reminder Today we received a reminder of the “remedial order” made by the Home Secretary at the end of January which brought about changes to (replacement of) sections 44 to 47 of the Terrorism Act 2000. More...
Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:30:00 UT

Website upgrade We have recently completed our server transfer and upgrade. The site (www.scenethat.co.uk) is fully functional, with the main sections optimised for quick mobile reference.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 08:30:00 UT

PACE changes Changes to PACE codes of practice A,B, and D come into effect today. In addition, the same order sees the implementation of sections 117 and 121 SOCPA 2005 and sections 5, 6 and 7 Crime and Security Act 2010. More later...
Mon, 7 Mar 2011 08:30:00 UT

Protection of Freedoms bill expected to be tabled before Parliament UPDATED 09:40 => The Protection of Freedoms bill to Parliament has started its Parliamentary progress. This wide-ranging bill is intended to redress the balance with regard to State intrusion into numerous individual liberties...
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:30:00 UT

HMIC Report: "Policing Public Order" published HMIC have just released their report entitled, "Policing Public Order - An overview and review of progress against the recommendations of Adapting to Protest and Nurturing the British Model of Policing."...
Wed, 9 Feb 2011 20:00:00 UT

Court fines woman for threatening to kill photographer A woman who attacked and threatened to kill a Southern Daily Echo (Southampton, UK) photographer outside a Hampshire court has been fined £350, and ordered to pay £85 costs, £150 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge...
Wed, 9 Feb 2011 08:00:00 UT

Protecting Human Rights in an Age of Insecurity The Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, yesterday delivered a speech at the Commonwealth Law conference in Hyderabad (India). The text of his lecture is...
Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:00:00 UT

SceneThat ::: Socially minded At long last we have bitten the bullet as far as social media is concerned. We are now on Facebook and Twitter - making it easier for UK photographers to hear about what we do...
Sun, 6 Feb 2011 23:00:00 UT

SceneThat reacts to the Home Secretary’s Commons Statement on the Review of Counter-Terrorism and Security Powers. Speaking after the Home Secretary’s Commons Statement, Mark Singleton (Editor, SceneThat) today acknowledged the complexity of the issues relating to Photographers that were considered during the review, and said,...
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:30:00 UT

Review of Counter-Terrorism and Security Powers The Home Secretary, Theresa May, today made a Commons Statement summarising the recommendations arising from the recent government review of Counter-Terrorism and Security Powers. The detailed report and associated documents are reproduced here...
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:30:00 UT

ID cards no longer valid Full story on the Home Office website...
Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 UT

Mr David Anderson QC appointed as the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation The Home Secretary, Theresa May, today announced that Mr David Anderson QC will take over as Parliaments independent reviewer of terrorism legislation from Lord Carlile of Berriew QC. She told the Commons, "I am pleased to announce that...
Tue, 9 Nov 2010 13:30:00 UT

2010 - a quick glance backwards Interesting. Thats a good word, "interesting". The past twelve months have been "interesting". There has been a lot of change in attitude and approach to police / photographer interactions during the past twelve months. The year started with...
Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:00:00 UT

Review of Counter-Terrorism and Security Powers: Progress report and timetable update Lord Macdonald (the independent overseer of the Review of Counter-terrorism and Security Powers) appeared today in front of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee to be questioned about his view of aspects of the conduct and progress...
Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:03:17 UT

Seasonal cheer It is that time of year again! Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has re-issued advice to parents battling schools who want to limit them taking photographs of their offsprings performance in nativity plays. In an echo of the original....
Wed, 8 Dec 2010 10:33:17 UT

Photographer accepts £30,000 out of court settlement from the Met for G20 incident. Respected social issues photographer David Hoffman was struck in the face by a police shield during the G20 protests last year. He has been awarded £30,000 compensation by the Metropolitan police in an out of court settlement....
Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:23:33 UT

SceneThat welcomes government proposals to beef-up police accountability SceneThat today responded to the unveiling of details of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. We welcome and support actions that help restore democratic local control of policing, said SceneThats Editor, Mark Singleton. He added,...
Thu, 2 Dec 2010 01:10:33 UT

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill unveiled. The Government today unveiled proposals designed to restore Police accountability throughout England and Wales. (The Metropolitan Police are, by their very nature, subject to different controls to other police forces). The Home Secretary today published...
Wed, 1 Dec 2010 22:44:36 UT

RETRACTION: Kuwait Times UPDATE: Saturday 27 November 2010 RETRACTION On Saturday, November 20, 2010 the Kuwait Times published an article titled Multi ministry camera ban frustrates artists in which incorrect information was provided. The newspaper regrets failing...
Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:33:57 UT

Kuwait bans the use of DSLRs in public The Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Finance in Kuwait recently came to the conclusion that photography should be used for journalism purposes only. As a consequence, the use of DSLRs (Digital Single Lens...
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:11:00 UT

Change of Labour strategy may only be skin deep Good news / bad news. Ed Balls, the Shadow Home Secretary, speaking on the BBCs Andrew Marr Show, admitted that the previous government had got the balance wrong between national security and civil liberties. Unfortunately, he went on to whinge,...
Sun, 21 Nov 2010 12:00:05 UT

Aung San Suu Kyi Burmas pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest. But what connection does this have with UK photographers? Amongst her first words following her release, she said, If we want to get what we want, we have to do...
Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:11:16 UT

Review of counter-terrorism and security powers. Latest from the Home Secretary. This is an excerpt from a speech given by the Home Secretary to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on 3 November 2010. The version here is as written, rather than as delivered. I want to say three key things about how our counterterrorism...
Wed, 3 Nov 2010 18:00:00 UT

Response from the Home Secretary In mid-2010, I put a number of questions to the newly formed Coalition Government, at a constituency meeting with the Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP, Member of Parliament for Horsham, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General. Mr. Maude agreed...
Sat, 30 Oct 2010 11:22:02 UT

English Heritage - Stonehenge My attention was recently brought to a message on English Heritages website. It reads [link]: English Heritage looks after Stonehenge on behalf of the nation. But we do not control the copyright of all images of Stonehenge. And we have never...
Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:22:50 UT

National Security Strategy The government has produced a full strategy for National Security alongside clear decisions about our countrys priorities, the capabilities that are required to achieve them, and the resources that are to be allocated. The National Security Strategy,...
Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:00:00 UT

Incident: Edinburgh Security guards forced a photographer to leave the exclusive Edinburgh shopping street Multrees Walk - to protect stores from the threat of ram raiders. Bosses of the privately owned shopping street were later reported to be reviewing...
Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:00:00 UT

SETE confirms Eiffel Tower photography copyright policy [Message to SETE (Societe dExploitation de la Tour Eiffel) from SceneThat] Recently, in a discussion about copyright, we found conflicting comments about people taking photographs of the Eiffel Tower. Please can you confirm the current position,...
Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:46:49 UT

Home Office meeting report See also... [13/07/2010 - Review of counter-terrorism and security powers.] At todays meeting in the Home Office we had an opportunity to talk about those issues relating to anti-terrorism and security legislation that regularly affect photographers....
Thu, 2 Sep 2010 16:52:51 UT

Site updated: Blog added The SceneThat website has just been updated with the addition of The Blog. The Blog gives us greater flexibility to provide updated news and information, and allows a better RSS feed. A number of previously archived news items have already been added,...
Wed, 1 Sep 2010 09:26:23 UT

Terrorists sick of being treated like photographers Satirical on-line newspaper, NewsThump, has covered the plight of UK photographers....
Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:00:00 UT

Incident: Liverpool - July 15, 2010 SceneThat has just heard from the General Manager of the Echo Arena, Liverpool, that their policy on photography will be reviewed as they have no desire to restrict people who have a genuine interest in the building and its location, whilst remaining...
Tue, 3 Aug 2010 12:00:00 UT

Incident: London (Hackney) A photographer, working on assignment from the Hackney Gazette, was forced to hand over her camera under threat of arrest. The threat was alleged to have been made by a police sergeant as photographer Carmen Valino took photographs of a crime scene...
Sat, 31 Jul 2010 12:00:00 UT

Legislation.gov.uk goes live The new Legislation.gov.uk website brings together the legislative content previously held on the OPSI website and revised legislation from the Statute Law Database to provide a single legislation service that replaces the current services. At the...
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:00:00 UT

Incident: Liverpool Mike Evans, an amateur photographer who requires a carer, was stopped by security guards outside the Echo Arena, Liverpool. The security guards threatened to call anti-terror police over his photos of the Liverpool docks.
Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:00:00 UT

Review of counter-terrorism and security powers: More details The Home Secretary has given more details of the governments forthcoming review of key counter-terrorism and security powers. The review will cover six key areas: 1.the use of control orders for terrorist suspects 2.stop and search powers - including...
Tue, 13 Jul 2010 12:00:00 UT