Apology issued to dad questioned for taking pictures of daughter
A shopping centre in the west of Scotland has issued an apology to a man after contacting the police because he was taking pictures of his daughter eating ice cream.
Chris White was out at Braehead Shopping Centre, near Paisley, near Glasgow with his four-year old daughter Hazel. While Hazel ate some ice cream Mr White took a couple of pictures of her and posted them to his Facebook account.
It was then that Mr White claims he was approached by a security guard who told him that the pictures were taken illegally and asked Mr White to delete them.
The security guard then contacted the police who came to speak with Mr White telling him that there were signs in the centre saying that no photography was allowed. Mr White explained that he had made the effort to make sure the only person in the pictures was his daughter.
Mr White then claims that he was questioned by the officers under the Terrorism Act and that he was told his phone could be confiscated and his pictures deleted.
Mr White was allowed to leave some time later after providing his full details.
Following this incident a Facebook
page was set up in protest which currently has over 17,000 members.
Mr White's allegations about the way he was treated by police officers is currently being investigated by local police.
Braehead Shopping Centre also issued a statement
announcing a change in policy regarding picture taking with the mall and an apology to Mr White.
We have listened to the very public debate surrounding our photography policy and as a result, with immediate effect, are changing the policy to allow family and friends to take photos in the mall. We will publicise this more clearly in the mall and on our website, and will reserve the right to challenge suspicious behaviour for the safety and enjoyment of our shoppers. We wish to apologise to Mr White for the distress we may have caused to him and his family and we will be in direct contact with him to apologise properly.