Second claim of Huddersfield police ‘intimidating’ camera users

ANOTHER person has claimed they were threatened by police for using a camera in Huddersfield town centre.

ANOTHER person has claimed they were threatened by police for using a camera in Huddersfield town centre.

The allegation, which emerged on the Examiner website, comes after a report that freedom of speech activist Kieran Wadsworth had his video camera broken by Huddersfield police.

Mr Wadsworth, 22, says he was filming on public property near Huddersfield Library when he was approached by four officers.

His camera was then broken in a scuffle with two officers after they tried to rip it from his hand.

Mr Wadsworth complained to West Yorkshire Police, but a spokesman said they had no record of the incident.

Commenting on the story, a user named Andy said he had also been “intimidated” by officers after he bought a new camera and began to test it out.

Andy said officers had stopped him and asked for his name and address.

It is not illegal to overtly make a film in public.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said they could not comment on the allegation without specific details of the incident.

The allegation comes less than a year after Huddersfield activist Rhys Owen was arrested for making a public speech outside the library.

Mr Owen was detained on suspicion of racially aggravated breach of the peace after he used the word “al-Qaeda” while talking on a megaphone.

He was released without charge after five hours in the cells.

 

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