The law is an ass.
So download our stop and search bust card, print it out and stick it in your wallet:
About the card
The card concentrates mainly on your rights under s44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which is widely used across the country against photographers. It allows the police and the Home Secretary to define any area in the country as well as a time period wherein they could stop and search any vehicle or person, and seize “articles of a kind which could be used in connection with terrorism” without first having grounds for suspecting the person is a terrorist or is carrying any articles that might be useful to a terrorist.*
It also covers other laws under which photography may be restricted in the UK.
The card is not intended to be a substitute for full legal advice, it is simply an states your rights when stopped and searched. When dealing with the police there is always a balance between your rights – not telling them anything – and what might be advisable – telling them your name and explaining what your doing.
The card has been compiled by photographers with many years experience dealing with the police and stops and searches as well as legal advice from lawyer Anna Mazzola who specialises in public law, human rights, actions against the police and other detaining authorities.
For more in depth, but not quite wallet sized, discussion about photography and UK law check out the Photo-Forum Know Your Rights video
Used the card?
Have you used our card when being stopped and searched? Is there something you think we should add? let us know in the comments below
* Section 44 of the Terrorism Act is no longer used in this way following legal rulings, however the rest of the advice remains accurate.