Teenager wins right to fight naked selfie law
A SCHOOLBOY who sent a naked selfie to a girl has won the right to challenge the law over police records.
The boy, who was 14 at the time and cannot be named, has no criminal record and was not arrested but the incident was logged by Greater Manchester Police and will stay on record indefinitely.
The High Court, sitting in Manchester, granted permission yesterday to mount a judicial review to change the rules and have the record deleted. His mother told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “For all his adult life it hangs over him… and it’s all down to the discretion of a desk-based police officer whether they think it needs to be shared.”
She said the system was criminalising children: “The law hasn’t kept up with the technology.”
Olivia Pinkney, Hampshire chief constable, agreed and said police had updated guidelines on how to deal with similar cases.