The police decided that wearing a rain jacket, carrying a rucksack with a laptop inside, looking down at the steps while going into a tube station and checking your phone for messages just ticked too many boxes on their checklist and makes you a terrorist suspect. How many other people are not only wrongly detained but wrongly arrested every week in similar circumstances? And how many of them are also computer and telecoms enthusiasts, fitting the police’s terrorist profile so well?
This man was arrested, his house searched and his possessions confiscated, and was detained overnight on the flimsy evidence listed above. His name is now permanently in police records. And the police are asking for yet more powers.