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MR HIP HOP HEAD
01-03-2008, 09:14 PM
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Couple banned for life from shopping centre and branded 'terrorists' - for taking photos of their grandchildren
Last updated at 17:57pm on 2nd January 2008



A couple were banned for life from a shopping centre - because they were taking photos of their beloved grandchildren.

Kim and Trevor Sparshott were ordered to stop taking photos because they were causing a security threat.

They were thrown out of the centre after they took out a camera to snap the look on the youngsters' faces when they turned up unexpectedly.

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Barred for life: Grandparents Kim and Trevor Sparshott were banned from a shopping centre for taking photos of their grandchildren

The couple were on a four-day break from their home in Spain and wanted to surprise their family by arriving at the centre, in Fareham, Hants, while they were shopping.

But when they went to take a photo, a security guard pounced and ordered them out.

The guard then insisted that cameras were banned because of the risk of a terrorist attack - and barred the bemused couple for life.

Speaking from her home in Malaga, Spain, Mrs Sparshott, 51, said: "I couldn't believe it. I was so shocked.

"He said we had committed an act of terrorism.

"At first I wanted the ground to swallow me up whole because it was so embarassing - but then I got really angry."

Mr Sparshott, 52, added: "Instead of being a nice surprise for our family it turned into a nightmare. I was furious.

"In these worrying times we understand the need for caution, but surely a quiet word when he first saw us would have stopped all this unpleasantness."

The couple, who had been visiting their daughter, who lives in Gosport, Hants, with her husband and children, returned to Spain in shock.

They wrote a letter of complaint to the centre, and received a reply from manager Pam Gillard who said taking photos was a security risk.

In the reply to the Sparshotts, Ms Gillard said: "By the sounds of it my officers/duty manager didn't explain the position very clearly and for that I apologise."

Speaking after the incident, she added: "Fareham Shopping Centre is private property and has a policy to support the security of the shops, where the taking of photographs needs prior permission.

"The Sparshotts are welcome back to the centre."

Ms Gillard refused to comment further on the centre's security policies, but added that the camera ban was not because of a terrorist threat.

The situation has amazed civil rights campaigners, who say the centre's reaction was 'completely over the top'.

Roger Smith, director of civil liberties group Justice, said: "The key is proportionality - it is quite reasonable to have restrictions on what people can do, but this is just daft.

"It seems completely over the top."

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I really don't get these laws anyway. I mean, if a terrorist wanted to take pictures to scout with, then he can discreetly use his cell phone and pull it off. No terrorist is going to use a regular camera to do it anymore.

TSA
01-03-2008, 09:24 PM
well, i wouldn't trust them with money

11th Chamber
01-03-2008, 09:35 PM
they do sort of look like terrorists. What with the dark skin, battered clothes and angry faces

HANZO
01-03-2008, 09:45 PM
well in spain they do have that ETA shit going on so it is tight.

MAYOR QUIMBY
01-03-2008, 10:13 PM
I would slap that woman's monkey, bitch is HOT!

SickT
01-04-2008, 01:26 AM
^ Ummm... No.

Murdah Piff
01-04-2008, 01:28 AM
a subway worker once called the cops/security on me cause i was takin pictures of the metro station