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Police Arrest Manchester Photographer For Committing No Crime: He Just Took Photos

by | 14th, June 2011

POLICE arrested Manchester Evening News photographer Sean Wilton. He was working outside Manchester Magistrates’ Court. Two men were due in court to answer a charge of assaulting Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty. When a fight broke out, Wilton took photos. Then the police arrived.

He tells the paper:

“He [policeman] didn’t seem to want to listen and told me that I was obstructing the police. I tried to explain I wasn’t obstructing and was just doing my job, but to no avail. When I tried to speak to him about the situation, he arrested me for breach of the peace. As professional photographers, we do try to conduct ourselves as professionally as possible.”

For sure. So. Why did the police arrest him and bundle him into a police car? Say the police:

“A photographer was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace and on suspicion of obstructing a police officer. Officers brought the situation under control and the photographer was de-arrested and subsequently released.”

That sounds a lot like what we professional hacks call “bollocks”. Instead of using the

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