July 2005


http://www.nottingham-no2id.org.uk

Nottingham NO2ID Operating under the NO2ID banner, we are a group of people based in and around Nottingham UK who strongly oppose the UK government’s plans for national biometric ID cards and a “National Identity Register” database system. We are affiliated with the nationwide NO2ID campaign.

We bring together individuals and organisations from all sections of the community and seek to ensure that the case against the identity scheme is forcefully put forward in the media, in the corridors of power and at grassroots level.

We hope to defeat the Home Secretary’s proposals in Parliament, but will continue our campaign in the country at large even if legislation is passed.

Opposing ID
There are many reasons to oppose the proposed scheme, a few of which are briefly outlined below:

An ID scheme won’t stop terrorists.
An ID scheme will not eliminate benefit fraud.
An ID scheme will cost billions in taxpayers money.
An ID scheme will mean your most intimate details will be controlled by the government forever.

You will have to pay for an ID scheme out of your own pocket.

The national campaign site at: http://www.no2id.net

I had earlier voluteered to take part in the identy card trial, further info can be seen earlier on my fotoblog at:

http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=148227

Being a wireless enthusiast, thought you’d wanna see this.

Wireless network hijacker found guilty £500 fine and 12 months conditional discharge…

By Dan Ilett

Published: Friday 22 July 2005

http://management.silicon.com/government/0,39024677,39150672,00.htm

A UK man has been fined £500 and sentenced to 12 months’ conditional discharge for hijacking a wireless broadband connection.

On Wednesday, a jury at Isleworth court in London found Gregory Straszkiewicz, 24, guilty of dishonestly obtaining an electronic communications service and possessing equipment for fraudulent use of a communications service.

Straszkiewicz was prosecuted under sections 125 and 126 of the Communications Act 2003.

Police sources said Straszkiewicz was caught standing outside a building in a residential area holding a wireless-enabled laptop. The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Straszkiewicz was ‘piggybacking’ the wireless network that householders were using. He was reported to have attempted this several times before police arrested him.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Last year, 21-year-old Brian Salcedo was sentenced to nine years in a US prison for siphoning credit card numbers over a wireless network from hardware store Lowes.

previously, I’d found this

Man charged for stealing Wi-Fi signal

Man charged for stealing Wi-Fi signal

By Jack Schofield / Internet 09:48pm, Thursday July 7 2005

“Police have arrested a man for using someone else’s wireless Internet network in one of the first criminal cases involving this fairly common practice,” reports AP.

Benjamin Smith III, 41, faces a pretrial hearing this month following his April arrest on charges of unauthorized access to a computer network, a third-degree felony.

Police say Smith admitted using the Wi-Fi signal from the home of Richard Dinon, who had noticed Smith sitting in an SUV outside Dinon’s house using a laptop computer.

ADVISORY SERVICE FOR SQUATTERS (ASS)
2 St Pauls Road, London N1 2QN
tel: 0207 359 8814 fax: 0207 359 5185

they produce the: Squatters Handbook ( 12th edition )

http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=33

Legal Warning [to print out]

http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=31

download

http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=1

Resources :: Downloads

http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=19&Itemid=29

freeB.E.A.G.L.E.S. legal resource centre for UK political campaigners.

http://www.freebeagles.org

So, these are the main links I suggest for getting clued up on the basic legal’first aid’ for dealing with owners, police and possible arrest.

There are two main certificates that HAVE made squatting illegal under THOSE circulstances.

protected intending occupiers POI & displaced residential occupiers DRO’s are both situations that pertain to residential Property

Thus I suggest anyone squatting, look at warehousing, pubs and commercial premises first.

This is why. Squatting itself is not illegal. However, anyone who breaks into a property may be committing a criminal offence if they damage the property whilst doing so. As long as the property squatted is really uninhabited, the owner must go through the courts to evict, which can take several months.

The only legal exception to this procedure is called a ‘protected intending occupier’ (PIO) or ‘displaced residential occupier’ (DRO). A PIO may be used if someone has signed for the property and is about to move in. A DRO can be used if the property has a resident who is away at the time but plans to return. Under these circumstances the owner can get an eviction immediately with the assistance of the police.

In all other circumstances a court order is needed, giving bailiffs the authority to evict. However, I’m sure you all know that intimidation is often used to try to force squatters out, and harassment and threats are quite usual.

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NOTES FOR NEW SQUATTERS

SQUATTING IS STILL LEGAL

Despite the introduction of the Criminal Justice Act, Squatting is still legal. Squatting means occupying empty property to live in and is a necessity for many. Squatters have the same basic rights as anyone else, and can not be evicted without the owners carrying out certain civil legal procedings first

Finding a Place
There are thousands of empty properties, some of which are more obvious than others. The most obvious are the ones with steel doors, which can be hard to get through, but boards, or general abandoned look are a good sign. Look around and ask around. Local squatters’ groups and ASS have lists of empty properties, but rely on everyone to keep them up to date. Make sure the place is actually empty before doing anything.

If you are looking at a house, it is best to squat one that has been empty for at least two or three months i.e. a little bit run down. You will probably be able to live there longer.

Getting In
Many empty properties can be walked straight into, as they have become insecure through vandalism. It is an offence to break into an empty property if anything you do can be classed as “criminal damage”. In theory therefore, the police can only arrest you if they catch you “red-handed”, e.g. with a crowbar in your hand, or if there are witnesses.

Dealing with the Police
If the police arrive, don’t open the door, speak to them through the letter box. Explain that you are not a burglar; you are living there because you have nowhere else to live. Do not say that you broke in. You can say you were walking past and the door was open.

Be polite but firm with them. Once you are inside a place and have “secure access”, (i.e. your own lock on the door) the main danger of arrest and prosecution is over. Try to get the front door reasonably secure as fast as possible (i.e. change the lock).

If the police insist on coming in, tell them that no arrestable offence is taking place and they should leave you alone. In the unlikely event that you are arrested, phone RELEASE ( 0845 4500 215 ) and they will put you in touch with a solicitor. You have the right to make one phone call. The police must release you within 24 hours, or charge you. You still do not have to tell them anything other than your name, address and date of birth.

Staying In
Send a letter addressed to yourself in your new home. This is sufficient proof for the police that you live there. Make sure that there is somebody in as much as possible in the first week or two, especially if the place is being worked on. It is often a good idea to keep a copy of the squatters’ legal warning by the front door, because the owners may come round and try to repossess the place by pretending that they thought there was no-one living there. It is illegal for them to throw you out if you are in physical occupation of the place when they arrive. They can be prosecuted if they do this.

If you have to leave the place empty, leave a radio on to give the impression that somebody is in. Explain to anyone who shows an interest or hassles you that you are homeless and have a legal right to occupy the empty property. it is a good idea to keep fairly quiet for the first two or three days to give the neighbours time to get used to you. Normally you will have no interference from them.

Who owns the place?
If you need somewhere now, don’t worry too much about finding out who owns the place before you occupy it – just go for it. Otherwise, or once you’re in, it can be useful to know. Keep all letters, especially for previous tenants as these can give you some idea who the place belongs to and why the previous tenants left. All this information may help you stay longer in your home if your case comes to court – call ASS for more information on this.

An Estate Agent sign will probably mean it is privately owned. The local authority Planning Department keeps records of all planning applications for each address in its borough. These records are for public scrutiny and usually arranged in alphabetical order by street or block name. Each application will have the applicant’s name i.e. the owner or property agent.

Her Majesty’s Land Registry keeps an open register of ownership of properties that you can
consult for £5. You will need Form 313 which you can get from local libraries, CABx etc. or call the main office on 0207 917 8888. Often the best way to find out who owns a property is to ask local people such as trustworthy neighbours.

P.I.O.s
P.I.O. stands for PROTECTED INTENDING OCCUPIER (Sec. 7 of the 1977 Criminal Law Act), someone who has a right to live in the premises and requires the premises to live in, and has the necessary certificate or statement. They can get you out without going to court.

A genuine P.I.O. is either a tenant or freehold owner of the premises.A tenant of a Council or Housing Association must have a certificate proving their status. A freehold owner, or tenant of a private landlord must have a statement signed before a justice of the peace or commissioner for oaths. All PIOs must be able to move in straight away.

A P.I.O. does not automatically mean that you will be evicted. There are various legal defences and arguments that can be used against P.I.O. proceedings.

Court Cases
At some point you will probably receive a summons to appear in court. Always turn up to fight your case, particularly if it is the new Interim Possession Order hearing, which could result in having only 24 hours to leave or face arrest. The owners are supposed to show that they have a right to the place and you don’t, and there are various ways of claiming that they haven’t proved it, haven’t gone through the procedures properly etc. Call ASS for advice as soon as possible. ASS have many years experience of getting adjournments or even tenancies, and a computer with all the arguments on.

Getting connected
It is normally in your interest to have a legal supply of gas and electricity. If you don’t, you could be disconnected or charged with theft, and some councils have been using this to carry out dodgy evictions.

Electricity
You should go to a showroom of your regional Electricity company and probably have to fill in a form. In many places they are demanding to see a tenancy agreement unless you can tell them you had an account which was up-to-date at your previous place. It can be better to go to a showroom in an area less known for squatting and say you work in the area and can’t get to the local one.

Don’t tell them you’re squatting as they are not obliged to supply you and are increasingly
reluctant to do so. Phone ASS for more information if you have problems.

Gas is similar but tends to be less hassle.

Contacts
The groups listed below are useful contacts for you to obtain accurate information and details of your rights which can help you avoid eviction or hassle.

ADVISORY SERVICE FOR SQUATTERS (ASS)
2 St Pauls Road, London N1 2QN
tel: 0207 359 8814 fax: 0207 359 5185

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This IS right, and to date, as far as I know it now.

BUT, I do suggest you send off for the current Squatters Handbook ( 12th edition )

http://www.squatter.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=33

it is cheap and worth everyone getting up to speed.

Hope this lot helps.

Shockwave / Flash animation of a dog playing the piano!

Set to Gilbert & Sullivan’s the ‘Very model of a modern Major General’

the very model of a modern labour minister : a tribute to charles clarke and his id cards

http://eclectech.co.uk/clarkeidcards.php

’tis very funny. You’ve gotta take a look.

Incidently, I was a Volunteer: Home Office Identity Card Scheme

http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=148227

to see what was involved.

My pet fear still remains a policeman / soldier / neighbourhood wardens perhaps, being able to approach you in the street, and without any further evidence or suspicion, say to you “Papers”. and there we are, right back in the 1930′s Germany etc ……

ho hum.

Wiltshire Police has pioneered a new system called MIDAS, to enable the force’s video technicians to connect to any CCTV system and recover the image data for processing at a later stage. The force is the first in the world to use such a system, which is totally unique!

The increasing number of digital CCTV systems entering the market place is large and no longer can the police just ‘take a tape’ from the premises. Some of the new systems allow the evidence to be copied to DVD or CD, but this is normally for short time spans. When large volumes of data are required – for example, like during the recent events in London – it is difficult to attain this information, as these digital systems have very little in common other than them being digital. The file format and export system etc, are all different and in many cases unique.

MIDAS (mobile image and data acquisition system) provides police forces with an all-in-one fully-portable solution to retrieve analogue or digital video data from crime scenes. MIDAS incorporates all the necessary hardware to allow copying of intelligence, however presented, be it analogue or digital, which can then be transported back to the station for analysis. MIDAS can cope with vast amounts of data on any system and process this information quickly, thereby enabling scrutinisation to go ahead promptly, and ultimately assisting with an investigation.

MIDAS was actually designed by Ian Jakeman, Imaging & Technical Resources Manager for Wiltshire Constabulary, in conjunction with Andrew Wallwork, Technical Director of Daetech. The joint project was agreed in early November 2004 and installed by mid-February 2005 – since then, it has further evolved and is now completed. West Mercia is adopting MIDAS this week, Devon & Cornwall shortly and 10 other forces have expressed an interest, including the High-Tech Crime Unit at Greater Manchester, as well as the FSS (Forensic Science Service) and US company Cognitech.

The cost of the basic MIDAS system is around £9,000, although this increases according to individual requirements, tailored to customers’ needs. As Wiltshire pioneered MIDAS, the force saved about £2,500. Ian Jakeman said: ‘I am delighted to have been involved in the development of such an effective system, which will change the way in which video technicians can access CCTV data, reduce the time they spend in one place and ultimately, assist with investigations by providing images in fast time’.

Martyn Bradford, Director of Forensic Services for Wiltshire Constabulary, said: ‘Wiltshire Constabulary, like many forces, is having to respond and manage the increasing number and variants of Digital Recording CCTV Systems. The data storage size of these systems is increasing and in major criminal investigations there can be an urgent need to capture large volumes of image data. MIDAS has been developed to respond effectively to this operational requirement for technicians who have to attend third party premises’.

‘In major enquiries, time is of the essence and MIDAS in one box has all the possible connectivity and capability to capture large volumes of data that can be viewed and processed at a later time. This system will undoubtedly save the technicians time spent on site and recover all the required image data in a best-evidence format, whilst maintaining evidential integrity’.

Being PC-based, MIDAS can be easily adapted to encompass future formats, thus making it a truly universal system. The system is provided with 500 Gb of internal raid array (hard drive storage), but can be upsized to 1 Terabyte and beyond, if necessary. The DCCTV software is also provided by Daetech.

Andrew Wallwork said: ‘MIDAS is a tool that no police force should be without’.

Features: Scan conversion, RAID array, DCCTV player software, analogue video capture, disk cloning hardware with write blocking and DVD writer.

Equipment: Includes a high-spec remote computer, combined touch pad and keyboard, a 15″ flat screen, a USB to SCSI interface cable and also a cross-over Ethernet cable, all in a state-of-the-art metal case that can be carried by one technician on his/her own.

http://www.wiltshire.police.uk/news/newsview.asp?id=802

High club prices and contempt for star DJs bring new era of ‘free parties’

Patrick Barkham
Saturday July 16, 2005
The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1529653,00.html

It is a scene straight out of the early 90s: the whispered word goes out, DJs arrive with generators and speakers, cars queue along muddy tracks in woods, and hundreds of people dance in the fields until dawn.
They used to be called raves and were killed off by superclubs, drug scares and the Criminal Justice Act 1994. But a new breed of free parties is making a comeback this summer, attracting older ravers and a younger generation of clubbers turned off by superstar DJs and soaring club prices.

Those who attend the secretive parties in the countryside say they are relaxed, safe and well-organised. But for local people disturbed by the free parties, they are still illegal raves.
Short-staffed rural police seem unable to stop them and residents complain they have been kept awake or had property damaged by the parties.

The forests and fields of East Anglia are an unlikely hotspot for free parties, with several taking place in the region most weekends. Norfolk police have logged 15 “unlicensed music events” since March 1.

The free party scene is built around rigs, self-contained groups who provide DJs, diesel generators, sound and lighting systems, and even marquees. Organisers bring rigs together, spreading the word via frequently changed mobile phone numbers to evade police detection.

Up to 2,000 people gather at the hurriedly arranged site, usually after 11pm. DJs from different rigs play hard house and trance music into the following afternoon.

Paul Wilkerson, 28, the owner of Red Pill Records in Kings Lynn and a hard house DJ with club residencies across East Anglia, plays the free party scene. He believes it is more popular than ever this year because of relatively few underground club nights outside London and exorbitant prices at commercial clubs.

“Most of the underground music has gone back to London,” he says. “A lot of people don’t want to travel to London and pay club prices to get in. When they can pay a £2 donation towards the cost of a rig it’s much better.

Daniel Price, a student from Kings Lynn, regularly goes to free parties in Norfolk. “It’s more like a group of friends,” he says. “When you turn up you probably know 50% of the people there – that’s why you feel relaxed. There’s a lot of respect. I’m only 19 but you see people there who are 40 and they respect who you are.

“You think it would be quite heavy but it’s mellow and chilled. You don’t see people passed out on the floor. You don’t get stupid young girls who drink too much that you get in commercial clubs. They cause the trouble, they cause the fights. You get that in Lynn way too much.”

Free party organisers claim they often have farmers’ permission, or use land with no agricultural use. According to Mr Wilkerson, there is a strict code whereby revellers help clear up rubbish before they leave.

“The organisers clear up and everyone chips in because they want it to happen again. At dawn you’ll see everyone with a beer can in one hand and a bin bag in the other.”

But local people disturbed by the unlicensed parties are rarely complimentary about them. Last month villagers in Tivetshall, Norfolk, called the police at 3am when they were woken by a free party. To their distress, officers did nothing to close it down and it did not finish until 2pm.

Richard Bacon, the MP for South Norfolk, and Martin Wilby, a local councillor, met Carole Howlett, Norfolk’s chief constable, yesterday to discuss how to stop the parties. Mr Wilby said the Tivetshall rave organisers had committed criminal damage, breaking a gate to enter a wildlife area, but had left the fields “surprisingly tidy”, apart from a couple of bottles and human excrement.

“There were five or six police on duty in south Norfolk that night,” he said. “They talked to people at the rave and decided they didn’t want any confrontation and let it run its course. What I’d like to see is the organisers being arrested or their equipment confiscated so they can’t do it again. If the police don’t want confrontation, fair enough, but why not confiscate it at the end of the rave?”

According to Superintendent Bob Scully of Norfolk police, officers have “strong” powers under the 1994 act, including the power to confiscate equipment, but it is sometimes difficult to prove that an event breaks that particular law.

Supt Scully said he did not believe there was an increase in illegal raves – with police recording 50 in Norfolk last year – but said officers had “increased their interest” in the events.

“We recognise the distress that it causes to people who wish to have peaceful pursuits in the countryside and we recognise the distress it causes landowners and local people,” he said.

Norfolk police are investigating a number of free party organisers with a view to prosecuting them. Supt Scully dismissed claims the organisers acted responsibly. “If you get 300 cars and 600 people gathering in a site of special scientific interest, how can you say you are being responsible?,” he asked. “It’s insulting to the local local communities to suggest that.”

As Nottinghamshire Indymedia, we have made a short film about the G8 meeting in Sheffield. More work will have been done in Scotland recently. Thus it is very interesting to us that …..

Channel Four have just announced:

“FourDocs will be the place to watch and upload four-minute docs. It will be competely free to use. Full launch will be in august and our first of them will be on the G8 SUMMIT.

“You will shortly be able to upload films to premiere on FourDocs In the meantime our guides will help you get started. When you upload your film there will be a few legal questions to answer. You can make a film about anything. There will be a different theme every month”

There is lots of info about this project at:

http://www.channel4.com/fourdocs

So, bearing in mind we have done a lot of work on this already, we need to get a media team together again to see if us as Nottinghamshire Indymedia can contribute to this.

This note added to the Video Group Wiki page at: http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/NottsVideo for continued additions and comment.

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Alan Lodge tash@indymedia.org
Nottinghamshire Indymedia IMC

http://nottinghamshire.indymedia.org.uk

Notts Wiki http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/ImcUkNottinghamshire
My Wiki http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Main/AlanLodge
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Tash’s Pictures

These are a sample of my ‘stills’, taken at events on the Saturday 11th June that I’m contributing to the Sheffield G8 Film.

Nottinghamshire Dev site links:

Sheffield ‘Stop the War’ March [anti-G8] :: The Pictures
http://dev2.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/06/699.html

Sheffield Peace in the Park [anti-G8] :: The Pictures
http://dev2.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/06/720.html

Nottingham Indymedia crew making video of Sheffields opposition to G8 meetings
http://dev2.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/06/741.html

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and, these are to the UK main site links:

Sheffield ‘Stop the War’ March [anti-G8] :: The Pictures
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/06/313288.html

Sheffield Peace in the Park [anti-G8] :: The Pictures
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/06/313309.html

Details of the film progress on the Wiki at:

http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/NottsFilm1

A campaign encouraging people to store personal details on their mobile phones to help identify victims of accidents and disasters has taken off since the bomb attacks in London.

Users are being urged to enter a number in their phone’s memory under the heading ICE – In Case of Emergency.

Paramedics or police would then be able to use it to contact a relative.

The idea is the brainchild of East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Brotchie and was launched in May.

Idea spreads

Mr Brotchie told Radio 4′s Today programme: “I was reflecting on some difficult calls I’ve attended, where people were unable to speak to me through injury or illness and we were unable to find out who they were.

“I discovered that many people, obviously, carry mobile phones and we were using them to discover who they were.

“It occurred to me that if we had a uniform approach to searching inside a mobile phone for an emergency contact then that would make it easier for everyone.”

Mr Brotchie said his idea had spread as far as the USA and Australia and had gathered pace since the 7 July attacks.

He has urged mobile manufacturers to take it on board by adding ICE headings to phones before they are sold.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4674331.stm

Luckily, it was another false alarm. But, this is now a feature of life in Britain, with everyone on such a ‘short fuse’ after the London Attacks. To see the military on our streets is still quite a shock to many of us that are more used to a civil society.

Roads blocked off at stort notice, worried looks on the publics face. There was a small explosion, with the distruction of a suspect package.

Roads opened again, life returns to normal. But at the back of everyones mind there is still much concern. There will be many more false alarms.

More pictures of this incident at:

http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=491745

including the amount of ‘togging up’, that this soldier need to do, just in case ……

http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=491757

and… indymedia at: http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317959.html

The Metropolitan Police Casualty Bureau is open and operating on 0870 1566344

Latest news on London critical incident

Due to exceptionally high volumes of traffic, the Metropolitan Police website is currently displaying essential information only. http://www.met.police.uk

The Metropolitan Police Casualty Bureau is open and operating on 0870 1566344

If you are concerned about relatives or friends who may have been affected by today’s incidents in London, please try and contact them directly before you call this number.

If you are unsuccessful and still have concerns that your friends or relatives may have been injured in the events, contact Casualty Bureau on 0870 1566344.

The Metropolitan Police would also like to hear from people who were injured or involved in the events so that we know they are safe.

We are experiencing a very high volume of calls to this line – at present we are receiving 42,000 calls per hour. We would therefore urge anyone calling it to please be patient whilst we continue answering as many calls as possible.

The Casualty Bureau number should be used for this purpose only and NOT for general enquiries. Anyone with enquiries about travel information should contact Transport for London on 020 7222 1234 or www.tfl.gov.uk.

We would like to reassure people that we are working hard to gain an accurate picture of the whereabouts of people believed to have been involved in the incidents.

If you have reached home, please contact people who will be worried about you. This will help relieve the pressure on the Casualty Bureau.

All emergency calls should be made through the 999 system. Non-emergency calls should be made to your local police station.

We now know the total number of fatalities to be 37:

- there were 21 fatalities at King’s Cross / Russell Square
- there were 7 fatalities at Edgware Road
- there were 7 fatalities at Liverpool Street
- there were 2 fatalities on the bus at Upper Woburn Place.

The total number of casualties is known to be approximately 700. Of those, 300 were taken to hospital by ambulance and the remainder presented themselves at hospital.

There follows an outline of this morning’s events:

At 08.51 on 7 July at Liverpool Street Station there was an explosion in a train carriage 100 yards into the (Liverpool Street-bound station) tunnel.

At 08.56 there was another incident at King’s Cross / Russell Square. Both stations were used to bring out casualties.

There are two mortuaries for this incident – these are at the Royal National Hotel and the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury.

At 09.17 there was an explosion on a train coming into Edgware Road underground station approximately 100 yards into the tunnel. This explosion blew through a wall onto another train on an adjoining platform.

Three trains are believed to have been involved.

At 09.47 there was an explosion on a bus at Upper Woburn Square junction with Tavistock Place.

There were four devices in total and there are 37 confirmed fatalities. There was no warning to police and we have not received any claims of responsibility.

These were callous attacks on innocent members of the public deliberately designed to kill and inflict maximum injury.

Please remain vigilant.

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and ….

a statement from the London Ambulance Service

http://www.londonambulance.co.uk

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07 July 2005 – 13:00 hrs
We were called at 08.51 this morning (Thursday 7 July) to reports of an incident at Liverpool Street Station.
Since the original call, we have dispatched numerous London Ambulance Service resources to the following locations:

Aldgate Underground Station
Liverpool Street Station
Kings Cross Underground Station
Russell Square Underground Station
Edgware Road Underground Station
Tavistock Place
Moorgate Underground Station

We can confirm we have not been called to an incident at Leicester Square.

Working with the other London emergency services, ambulance services from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Essex, and voluntary agencies such as St John Ambulance and British Red Cross, we are doing all we can to get casualties to safety and ensure they get the medical help they need as quickly as possible.

Paramedics and doctors are currently treating casualties with injuries ranging from severe trauma injuries to minor cuts and bruises.

Patients with life-threatening or serious injuries are being stabilised at the scene before they are taken to hospital. Examples of treatment include crews giving oxygen, stemming bleeding, applying splints to support fractures, providing drugs and fluids through intravenous drips and assisting patients with their breathing.

Patients with minor injuries are being treated at the scene and taken to hospital by our patient transport service staff and voluntary aid agency ambulances if further treatment is needed

Due to current levels of demand, we will, until further notice, only be sending ambulances to patients across the capital with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. As an example, this is people who have difficulty in breathing or persistent chest pains; those who have stopped breathing; or who have received traumatic injuries. This will enable us to focus on treating the large numbers of casualties at the scene.

We would urge callers with minor injuries or illnesses to think about using other healthcare options, for example visit their local pharmacist or walk-in centre, or call NHS Direct for advice. If people need to go to hospital, they should use other modes of transport – call a taxi or get a lift with a friend or family member.

Those members of the public wishing to give blood should visit the National Blood Service’s website – http://www.blood.co.uk for more information

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07 July 2005 – 18:00 hrs

Response to explosions in London today

London Ambulance Service has been working alongside other emergency services throughout Thursday 7 July to respond to four explosions at locations in central London, where a total of 37 fatalities have been confirmed.

The first call was received shortly after ten to nine in the morning, to a location on the underground network between Liverpool Street and Aldgate East stations. It has now been confirmed that 7 people died here. The next explosion took place at Edgware Road underground station, where 7 people died. The third explosion was on the underground between Kings Cross and Russell Square station. At this location, 21 people were killed. The final explosion took place on a bus at Tavistock Place, where 2 people were killed.

The London Ambulance Service has treated approximately 45 people for critical and serious injuries, and a further 350 for minor injuries. Many other patients will have made their own way to hospital for treatment.

We would like to extend our thanks to all those who have offered assistance, and to praise patients and members of the public at incidents for the calm way in which they helped us to deal with these terrible incidents.

The London Ambulance Service and other services who have assisted have done sterling work in responding to these events.

This has been a tragic day for London. The thoughts of the London Ambulance Service are with the friends and families of those affected by the incident.

The police have now set up a casualty bureau number on 0870 1566344.

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This is the link to the London Bomb Press Conf at 15.30 on thursday 7th July

http://indymedia.org.uk/media/2005/07/317146.mp3

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Metropolitan Police Press statement :: Latest news on London critical incident

There are four confirmed sites where police are dealing with reported explosions this morning. These are:

1) Russell Square and King’s Cross underground
2) Moorgate, Aldgate, and Liverpool Street underground
3) Edgware Road underground
4) Tavistock Square, where there has been a confirmed explosion on a bus.

The emergency services are working together in a co-ordinated response and liaising with hospitals to rescue those injured.

The London Underground system has been suspended however the Network Rail system is still in operation. We would urge anyone who doesn’t need to come into London today not to do so. If you are already in London wherever possible please limit travelling around the capital.

The Met continues to respond to 999 emergency calls but non-emergency calls will have a seriously delayed response.

We cannot at this stage confirm the number of those injured, though casualties are multiple. There are believed fatalities but again numbers are not confirmed.We are also asking members of the public not to contact police at this stage
unless it is a genuine emergency.

There is likely to be some disruption to children’s journeys home from schools. Schools will be liaising with local education authorities to ensure that children are kept safe until arrangements can be made with their parents to collect them.

We will be issuing a telephone number shortly for Casualty Bureau.

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Statement from Commissioner

There have been at least six explosions in London this morning.

We are advising members of the public not to travel into London. Public
transport in London will be affected in the next few days.

We are also asking members of the public not to contact police at this stage
unless it is a genuine emergency.

We are co-ordinating the other emergency services in responding to this
major incident.

We will be issuing a telephone number shortly for worried relatives.

It is too early to confirm the numbers of casualties at this stage.

We hope to have the situation under control very soon.

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BBC update page at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/default.stm

Indymedia update page at:
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/316983.html

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and ……..

Police recalled from G8 duty

Debbie Andalo and agencies
Thursday July 7, 2005

Metropolitan police officers were this afternoon being brought back to London from duty at the G8 summit, it has been confirmed.

Many of the 1,500 officers who had been deployed to Scotland during the summit are returning to the capital to tackle the aftermath of this morning’s attacks on the capital.

Officers who have forensic and evidence gathering skills are among those being recalled, said the Fife chief constable, Peter Wilson.

Mr Wilson, in charge of G8 policing, said: “The absolute priority for us is to make sure we now meet their needs and redeploy officers as quickly as possible in order to deal with this crisis.

He said it was likely the 1,500 officers in Scotland from the Met – which has a force of 30,000 officers – would be going back to London.

The police officers from London were part of a special force of 12,000 officers created from across Scotland, England and Wales to police the G8 summit. Mr Wilson insisted he would still have more than enough cover to cope with any trouble from anti-capitalist protesters.

He said: “Many of those officers would anyway have been returning to their own forces over the next 24 hours. We are currently searching our databases to identify which officers, particularly those with forensic and evidence gathering skills, can best respond to those needs.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1523453,00.html?gusrc=rss

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I am so sorry to hear of these events. I wish those involved and caught up in these events as speedy recovery as possible. Further I offer my condolences to those families affected by these dreadful events with the loss of their loved ones. I feel very sad.

Tash [Alan Lodge]

PRESS RELEASE

Bristol Indymedia Server Seized

Contact: Ana – Bristol Indymedia Volunteer / 07976 787335

Email: bristolindymedia@…
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org

On Monday 27th June the police raided a residential property in Bristol and seized an Indymedia server and other computer equipment. They also arrested one person for incitement to criminal damage under common law. That person has since been released on bail. We see this police action as an attack on the freedom of speech and journalistic independence.

This police action relates to an article posted on 17th June in which persons unknown claimed to have damaged cars being transported on a train. This article was considered by Bristol Indymedia to have breached the guidelines and was hidden.

On Monday 20th the police contacted Bristol Indymedia with reference to this posting. Bristol Indymedia informed the police that they were in the process of instructing a solicitor to reply on their behalf. On Tuesday 21st the police contacted a Bristol Indymedia volunteer requesting the IP logs. Bristol Indymedia considered that the system was journalistic material covered by special provision under the law.

A solicitor from Liberty faxed the police explaining this provision. The police then contacted Bristol Indymedia to request a meeting which Bristol Indymedia agreed to. Ten minutes before the arranged meeting DI Bennett of British Transport Police cancelled the meeting and asked to postpone it.

The next police contact was the seizure of the server and the arrest of a Bristol Indymedia volunteer. The seizure of the server was carried out under a search warrant (police and criminal evidence act 1984, ss.8 and 15), not recognising the journalistic privilege.

Additional Statement:

“We are outraged at the actions of the police. They have completely disabled the entire Bristol Indymedia news service. By their actions they have undermined the principle of open publishing and free access to the media, thereby removing people’s opportunity to read and report their own news. This situation has serious implications for anyone providing a news service on the Internet.

We do not intend to let this stop us from continuing the project.”

Contact: Ana – Bristol Indymedia Volunteer / 07976 787335

Email: bristolindymedia@…
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org

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Friday Day 1 http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=486822

Saturday Day 2 http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=488429

Euro Cup 1st – 3rd July 2005

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Freestyle can be most likened to the halfpipe discipline of snowboarding. Athletes take 2 rides of 45 seconds in which they perform a choreographed routine on a single river feature.

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The bigger the waves or holes the more dynamic the moves that kayakers can perform on them.
Unlike ocean waves, river waves and holes are static this allows all the judges and spectators to surround the chosen spot creating a fantastic atmosphere whilst allowing spectators a great view. Cartwheels, air loops, blunts and more are just a sample of the moves performed.

As the contest progresses those who scored most highly in the preliminary rounds go through quarters, semis and then the top five placed athletes go onto knockout sudden death finals.

These finals are tense and exciting for both competitors and spectators. Each athlete takes a ride on the wave and the lowest scorer drops out. One bad run means elimination so consistency and endurance is paramount for those who want to win. The remaining riders keep going until eventually a winner is crowned

http://www.eurofreestylekayak.com

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