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Poorly trained and overzealous security guards, employed by G4S (Group 4 bought Securicor) have been abusing the law and photographers by forcibly preventing any photos around the Olympic venues despite having no basis in law to do so.

G4S was forced to apologise yesterday after staff stopped a group of professional photographers taking pictures of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London. The five photographers were standing on public property outside the Olympic Stadium on Saturday but were forcibly prevented from taking photos by guards who claimed it was forbidden from where they were standing. Only a week earlier, senior police officials had assured photographers that private security guards have no extra powers to clamp down on photography.

The Stanford prison experiment proved that give people a uniform, perceived power but lack of accountability, then just stand back and watch the results.