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Man jailed for filming in court

Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A man who photographed and filmed court proceedings on his mobile phone has been jailed.

Jack Towes from Middlesbrough was sent to prison for three months after pleading guilty at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.

Towes was watching a family member’s court appearance and was seen by a court usher to use his mobile phone to take still images and video footage of the courtroom and trial from the public gallery.

He was arrested at the scene and initially attempted to deny the phone was his, before eventually accepting guilt.

Unfortunately cases such as this are becoming more and more commonplace.

Towes cannot even plead ignorance in this case, as part of the video footage taken on his phone involves him pointing the camera at the sign which explicitly forbids cameras and recording equipment in the court building.

He showed complete disregard for these laws, flouting them openly and flagrantly in front of staff members.

I hope that this sentence sets an example for others, and that in future people will think twice about using their mobile phones to record or photograph court proceedings.

– Constable John Ennis, Court Officer