According to the Daily Mail, a retired senior policeman deleted his own photos after being banned from photographing his grandson playing football.
The top detective who led the police probe into the Soham murders has been banned from taking photos of his grandson at a football match, in case he is mistaken for a paedophile.
Retired Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Stevenson told today how he was made to feel like a suspected child attacker by the manager of one of the teams.
I felt humbled. I am now a suspected paedophile along with, I suspect, millions of other parents and grandparents,' he said.
The ex-police chief had just begun taking snaps of his nine-year-old grandson, who was playing in goal, when he was approached and told he would have to seek the permission of every parent of a child playing in the game if he wanted to keep the photos.
The story continues here along with the expected, and on this occasion entirely correct, comments of Daily Mail readers that the world has gone mad etc.
Unfortunately the reasons for the patently insane policies of the Football Association are not explained, but they derive from the Rights of the Child embodied in the Children Act 1990. For which we must blame patently insane government.
Under this legislation FA officials are responsible carers where minors are concerned, and as such can be fined or even gaoled for allowing breach of the privacy rights of children who are wards of court or on at the at-risk register. Identification of such children that may expose them to risk of harm is such a breach, and photos could do so.
It is not the photographer who stands to get into trouble, but the supervising adults responsible.
None of this is made any easier by the Kafkaesque requirement that the status of such vulnerable children must also be kept secret. A blanket ban on photographing all children is the inevitable consequence. The tacit assumption that every adult is bent on harming kids is proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, especially when backed by legal advice.
It's a shame Ret'd DCS Richardson didn't just tell them to sod off or call the police. However, like many of his colleagues he appears convinced that "unauthorised" photography is wrong, so perhaps that wouldn't have worked.