An amateur photographer hoping to photograph a council-run Christmas event in Edinburgh was left in shock when an official stopped him for an apparent breach of ?data protection laws?.

David Elder, 72, had been planning to take pictures of fairground rides and panoramic views at the city?s Winter Wonderland event, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

But, after setting up his tripod near Scott Monument, an official told him he would be in breach of data protection laws.

Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News David, a retired lawyer, said: ?He [the steward] made it very clear that I was not allowed to take pictures, only one of my family.

?I asked him about people who take pictures on mobile phones. He said they would be told the same.

?I had to dismantle everything and head for my bus home.?

David, a member of Haddington Camera Club, has now warned fellow photo enthusiasts to steer clear of the event.

The event is organised by a private company on behalf of the council.

Amateur Photographer magazine is investigating the matter and will update this report as we learn more.

At the time of writing, organisers had yet to provide an explanation for the steward’s decision.

But a spokeswoman said she was aware of the incident.

For the full story visit the Edinburgh Evening News website.

? Earlier this year, a Scottish court stoutly defended its controversial decision to fine a man £100 for taking a photo of a woman outside a bar in Edinburgh.