New anti-terrorism laws in place from Feb.16th. have made it illegal to photograph policemen, if the photo is "likely to be useful to a person about to commit an act of terrorism".
This follows the revelation in court last month, by 4 muslim fanatics on trial for planning to set off bombs on London public transport, that they trained by taking photos of Metropolitan Policemen going about their business.
Photos recovered from the flat of one of the accused, Mustaffa Al-Murrey (28), showed 7 policemen arresting a man for dropping a cigarette butt from a car window, four officers arriving for a late-night poker match at Thames Valley Police HQ, a football supporter continually jabbing his face into a PC's fist and another officer filling out his overtime and expenses claim forms in a cafe.
Met spokesman Uri Nicked-Oldson said "These photos could seriously undermine the security services and the important work being done by the police to keep everybody safe".