You know things are bad in the United Kingdom when they arrest people for photography who did not even take pictures.

Last fall, Stephen Clarke was jailed for two days for photographing a sewer grating in Manchester.

If that’s not absurd, police couldn’t even find any evidence on his camera phone that he had taken the photos of the sewer grating in the first place.

During the two days he was jailed on suspicion of planning a terrorist act, police searched his home, phone and computer.

And even after they failed to find anything suspicious, they kept his DNA on file as someone who has been accused of planning a terrorist act on the city’s sewer system.

How’s that for a load of shite?