Teenager wins right to fight naked selfie law

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Olivia Rudgard SO­CIAL AF­FAIRS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.

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