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UK Photographer Receives £4,000 from Police Over Bizarre 'Gay' Arrest

UK photographer Jules Mattsson has been awarded  £4,000 in compensation from the Metropolitan Police and an apology for being arrested and made the target of homophobic language for trying to take pictures during an Armed Forces Day parade in London in June 2010, the Telegraph reports:

MattssonThe incident happened when Mr Mattson, now a professional photographer, attended a military parade in Romford, east London, in June 2010.

The police tried to stop him taking photographs saying that he was breaching the privacy of the soldiers.

When he complained that this was not the case, they then said it was "anti-social behaviour" and could constitute a terrorist threat.

Finally when he continued to take photographs, an inspector justified their actions by saying: "You were being silly, you were running around being stupid and gay".

He was arrested for breaching the peace and detained for 15 minutes.

Mattsson called it "a bizarre and ridiculous situation".

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  1. Huh? Arrested for taking pictures of the military during a public armed forces parade in London? And then being accused of "being stupid and gay"?? Are there some kind of draconian UK photography laws about which even UK citizens have no knowledge? This is about the most bizarre arrest story I've ever read! Way to go homophobic Bobbies!!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 13, 2011 8:50:38 AM

  2. Orwell was correct, it just took a little longer than he thought.

    Posted by: justinw | Dec 13, 2011 9:46:17 AM

  3. Thank goodness he went prepared and recorded the conversation with the copper. Nice little earner btw.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Dec 13, 2011 12:17:40 PM

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