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British tourist arrested for taking photos of eight-year-old children on Algarve beach

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British tourist arrested for taking photos of eight-year-old children on Algarve beach

Post by sharonl on 21.08.10 0:08

Here we go again more nonesense from the media - Man arrested in Portugal for photographing kids, he`s un-named of course

2 + 2 = 1 million, therefore he may have kidnapped Madeleine

British tourist arrested for taking photos of eight-year-old children on Algarve beach
By Tom Worden
Last updated at 4:46 PM on 20th August 2010



A British tourist has been arrested on suspicion of taking photographs of children on a beach on the Algarve.
The 48-year-old was held after three sets of parents noticed him taking pictures of youngsters. Police said they found a number of photos of children aged eight to 15 on his camera.
He was arrested by officers from the Maritime Police on the Marinotel beach in the popular resort of Vilamoura at around 3pm on Thursday.
Popular destination: The man was arrested on Marinotel beach in the resort of Vilamoura for taking a number of photos of children aged between eight and 15

A new lead?

The arrest was made around 50 miles east of where Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007
The beach is around 50 miles east of Praia da Luz, the seaside village where Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007.
Commander Marques Ferreira said: 'A 48-year-old Englishman was seen photographing children on the beach at Marinotel in Vilamoura and was arrested by the Maritime Police.
'We were able to verify the existence of many photographs of children aged between eight and 15.'

A police source said witnesses claimed 'the man pointed his camera several times at children who were playing in the sand by the water'.

A Portuguese holidaymaker told newspaper Diario de Noticias: 'When the police arrived on the beach, they were able to see the man still taking photos.'

The suspect, who has not been named, was due to appear at a court in the nearby town of Loule this morning.

Police made him an 'arguido' or formal suspect on Thursday evening before releasing him on bail.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1304758/British-tourist-arrested-taking-photos-children-Algarve-beach.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0xBr0Wisb

ETA by Tony Bennett:

Even worse, the Sun's headline today:

'Maddie beach perv'

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3105373/British-tourist-arrested-for-allegedly-taking-photos-of-children.html

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Re: British tourist arrested for taking photos of eight-year-old children on Algarve beach

Post by sharonl on 21.08.10 10:29

That`s typical of the Sun but I find it difficult to class this as a newspaper anyway - unreliable, un-professional, badly investigated and badly written.

Anyway, how much truth is in this, suspect with no name? does he exist?

If he does there may be an innocent explanation for these pics, not that I think that he is right in taking them without permission, but there may be some other reason.

Did he photograph children individually or groups of children having a good time? it may be for marketing holidays in the Algarve, or sometimes they take photo`s of people (doing activities) and sell them to you later.

Team McCann have been quiet for a while and they only seem to stir when something is happening that they dis-like, thinking I wonder what has prompted this action - any ideas, Tony.



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Post by aiyoyo on 21.08.10 11:24

It's a crazy world we live in.

Better to go back to pre-camera days.

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Post by Judge Mental on 21.08.10 12:46

The Sun is most determined to ensure that the public believe the abduction story. One will count today's headline as the start of things to come. One will not expect The Sun to print the Gaspars' statements at any time in the near future after having seen this today.

The message is loud and clear that the abduction story makes money, but any balanced reporting would cost jobs.

To report an incident which happened 50 miles away from where Madeleine disappeared, smells of desperation.

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Re: British tourist arrested for taking photos of eight-year-old children on Algarve beach

Post by sharonl on 22.08.10 23:57

Briton arrested for child beach photos: My 80 pictures are 'for research', says clothes buyer

A British business executive has appeared in a Portuguese court after being accused of taking photos of children on a beach.

Parents had been alarmed when they saw 48-year-old grandfather Rhys Jones - who works for international clothing retailer Peacocks - arrive at an Algarve holiday resort alone and start taking pictures of boys in their swimwear.
When the parents complained, a row developed, police were called, and father-of-two Mr Jones was arrested.
'Research': Rhys Jones has worked for clothing company Peacocks for over 30 years
The beach is 50 miles from where Madeleine McCann disappeared from her parents’ apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.
It is understood that 80 pictures of boys aged eight to 15 were found on the camera.

But Mr Jones has told the Daily Mail that while he had been ‘absolutely stupid’, he had an innocent excuse - he was impressed by the youngsters’ swimwear, wanted his firm to copy it, and was taking photos as research.
The businessman, who was holidaying in a hotel in Vilamoura with his wife Ann and his 14-year-old son, spoke before appearing in an Algarve court on Friday afternoon.

The keen amateur sportsman, who runs an under-14s football team and is chairman of the Welsh Club Cricket Conference, has worked for Peacocks for 30 years and is international operations and development controller.
Arguido: Mr Jones has been made a formal suspect - 'arguido' - and may be recalled to Portugal if police take the case futher
Last Thursday he was on the beach at Vilamoura when he said he realised young male holidaymakers were wearing swimwear unlike that stocked by Peacocks.
On the spur of the moment, he said, he began photographing boys playing in the sand, with the aim of showing them to colleagues to suggest they stocked similar trunks, particularly for sales in Peacocks stores in Cyprus and Malta.
Police were called after parents objected. Mr Jones said: ‘I was absolutely stupid. When parents approached me I realised what an idiot I’d been. ‘I can fully understand the parents’ reaction.I’ve been bloody stupid. My wife keeps telling me I’m an idiot – she’s right, I was.

‘But I didn’t try to sneak any pictures, I did it all openly.’ Mr Jones said he is worried about his job at Peacocks, which is based close to his home in Cardiff.
Portuguese police commander Marques Ferreira said: ‘A 48-yearold Englishman was seen photographing children on the beach at Marinotel in Vilamoura and was arrested by the Maritime Police.
‘We were able to verify the existence of many photographs of children aged between eight and 15.’

A police source said witnesses said, ‘The man pointed his camera several times at children who were playing in the sand by the water’.

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Mr Jones has been named an ‘arguido’, or formal suspect, and appeared in a court on Friday with a local lawyer to answer initial questions, but is understood to have been allowed to return home with his wife and son at the weekend.
He will be recalled to Portugal if the court decides to take the case further.
Taking photographs of children without their parents’ permission is a crime in Portugal.

Mr Jones was on Saturday due to play cricket in his position as captain of the Lisvane Second XI in Cardiff and is due to go on a cricket tour of Berkshire today.

One of his friends said last night: ‘He has been one of the stalwarts of the cricket club for many years, joining as a teenager just after its foundation in the late 70s.

‘I can’t believe he has ended up in a Portuguese court. He’s a straightforward guy with a great sense of humour.’


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1305307/Rhys-Jones-My-80-pictures-research-says-clothes-buyer.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0xNWB1nCu

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