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Children photographed without consent at West Vancouver park, police say

West Vancouver police are looking for help after one or more individuals were seen taking photographs of children without permission on more than one occasion at a local water park.

Man with powerful camera spotted talking to and taking pictures of children

West Vancouver police say they have been called on separate occasions to John Lawson Park after complaints that photographs were being taken of children in the water park without consent.

As far as police know, the individuals taking pictures had no connection to the children present.

In the most concerning incident, on Sept. 21,  a man with what police called "a powerful lens camera" was seen talking to children while taking their pictures.

While making it clear that taking photographs in a public place is not a criminal offence, police say they are looking for public assistance to clarify the circumstances surrounding the photography in order to address public safety concerns.

Police are advising parents to closely monitor their surroundings when in a public place with their children, and to contact police if they see anything of concern.

Anyone with information on the John Lawson Park photography complaints is asked to call Cpl. Fred Harding or Const. Nicole Braithwaite at 604-925-7300 and reference West Vancouver Police File #14-11229.


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