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British photojournalist wins more than £5000 in damages from unlawful arrest

In the ensuing madness over photography in the United Kingdom, one photographer recently emerged victorious from an incident in which he was illegally detained for eight hours for photographing a car accident.

Andrew Handley was photographing a car accident three years ago from behind a po


In the ensuing madness over photography in the United Kingdom, one photographer recently emerged victorious from an incident in which he was illegally detained for eight hours for photographing a car accident.

Andrew Handley was photographing a car accident three years ago from behind a police ribbon when a cop ordered him to hand over the camera.

Handley, who’s been a photojournalist for 34 years, refused.

Police arrested him and made a record of his fingerprints and DNA.

“I explained that I was entitled to do my job and assumed I would be allowed to continue. Instead I found myself with my hands cuffed behind my back and in a police cell.

“As the hours ticked past I started to get more and more worried. I thought it would all be cleared up in a matter of minutes.

The National Union of Journalists filed a claim on his behalf for unlawful arrest and assault.

The Buckinghamshire Police Authority settled the claim forr £5250, which is about $8,000.

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