Child images

PUBLISHED: 11:04 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 06 May 2010

SIR, — Re your story Man admits to indecent images (Herts Advertiser, August 28). We are very concerned that people will be misled by this report. The Court of Appeal, at the request of the major child protection charities, has ruled that naturist photo

SIR, - Re your story "Man admits to indecent images" (Herts Advertiser, August 28). We are very concerned that people will be misled by this report. The Court of Appeal, at the request of the major child protection charities, has ruled that naturist photographs of children are legal.

We are also concerned by the police statement that obtaining sexual gratification from a photograph of a child makes the photograph illegal. We did suggest to the Home Office that obtaining sexual gratification from a photograph of a child should be made illegal but we were ignored. An illegal photograph of a child is only illegal due to the content of that photograph. It must be sexual or erotic in some way and nudity is not of itself either erotic or sexual.

Protecting children is essential but that does not require making innocent photographs illegal. Children are not automatically a crime scene.

MALCOLM BOURA,

British Naturism, Northampton.

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