October 2002

Nottinghamshire police helicopter

North Midlands Police Consortium

(Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Police)

NMHSU, HQ, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derby, DE5 3RS.

North Midlands Air Support Unit formed in 1998. Based at Ripley, Derbyshire.

G-NMHS Eurocopter AS.355N ‘Oscar Hotel 88’

AS.355N also know as ‘Twin-engine Squirrel’ helicopters


Nottinghamshire Police Helicopter Callsign is: OH88


Nottinghamshire Radio Frequencies


Frequency Duplex Mode Description

131.100 AM traffic police

147.885 AM Police Channel 3

147.925 AM Police Channel 1

147.975 AM Police Channel 2 ( Spare )

152.400 AM police Mansfield area

152.425 FM nottingham traffic


451.1750 FM worksop police

451.375 AM Central

451.525 AM Trent ( West Bridgford )

451.700 AM Arnold

451.750 FM Worksop police

452.050 AM Helicopter OH 88 (channel 96)

452.450 AM Radford Road

452.550 FM carlton

452.775 AM Beeston

2370.0000 WBFM OH88 Video Downlink (ENCRYPTED)

UK Police Aviation operators ‘collected’ http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/misc/blues4.htm

also, a scary remark!

The arming of Nottinghamshire Police

In early 2000, the police in Nottingham was the first police force in the UK to have armed officers patrol the city. They field 9×19mm Walther P990 pistols and have 9×19mm H&K MP5SF2 semi-automatic carbines for backup in their patrol cars.

From: Indymedia UK

Subject: question re civil cam cops

hi tash, quick question re police surveillance camera operatives:

Last night several police officers from the Public Order Intelligence Unit, Scotland Yard, mounted an hour+ surveillance and intimidation operation outside of LARC (the London Activist resource Centre) in whitechappel, London.

An extra individual wearing a “POLICE” jacket with standard issue police camera

(+large flash bowl) took tons of pictures of people arriving at LARC or just passing by, inc. local residents.

People noted down a couple of their numbers…

But when it came to the chap with the camera, he said “Unlucky!” when someone looked for his number on his shoulder, and another officer said he was “a civillain photographer employed by the police”. They refused to answer any other questions about him inc. the question of whether he was therefore entitled to wear a police uniform jacket with the word “POLICE” on it, and whether that might constitute impersonating a police officer or not.


essentially the question is – d’you know if this is standard practice? were they telling lies? or is this something they do because of some kind of loophole in the law or something?

Any feedback or explanations you might have would be appreciated, since this is the first time I have heard this line from the police, while others tell me this is a response they get often in these situations.

I’m very curious about this. regards,

1 of imc uk volunteers


So, I said the following by reply …….

Hello mr subversive…..

Yep, sounds like a ‘civilian staff’ man. I see adverts and articles for these jobs from time to time in the British Journal of Photography and Police Review. You need less qualification that I have got. Have applied a couple of times for the giggle, but no, they don’t like my CV.

The job description is basically forensics, ‘scenes of crime’, press office stuff and surveillance in public places. Not the ‘secret squirrel’ stuff that might be dangerous and undercover. That is still done be Detective Constables. Or, in riot situations, there are insurance reasons why that I done by uniformed police in ‘protective clothing’.

You are right to equate ‘surveillance and intimidation operations’ since one does lead to the other, and when done overtly, they know it!

But this is the layout of the law. Free society etc ….. in that it is allowed to take photographs of people in a public place. It is the basis on how :

* they get to photograph people, just in case, without evidence of wrongdoing.

* How the press get to carry on. [within the codes]

* How I [and video type folks] get to photograph them on operations!

The police jacket is a little more problematic though. Generally, when I’ve seen these chaps gadding about at a scene, they have ‘Photographer’ in large white letters [capital, helvetica], over blue background rectangle, on the yellow jacket. Officers tend to have ‘Evidence Gatherer’ as their label.

Not likely to succeed with ‘impersonating a police officer’. Since in the company of police officers. It might be he’d left his ‘proper jacket’ at home, and had borrowed one! Or, that is just how its done in London now.

Anyway, if your into the trouble. I would do one of three things, or all.

* Take the photo or video you’ve got of the gezzer to solicitor on legal aid work, or even citizens advice for a bit of research around it. Then with a view to complaint. As I understand it you don’t have a complaint. It just that I takes a great deal of police time, exchange of papers etc., and sometimes things ‘bubble up’, while investigating the circumstances. See what I mean …

* Make a complaint directly to the police, quoting the numbers you do have for witnesses, and accuse the geezer you about here, of not identify himself after you’ve had ‘dealings’ with him, in the street. As I understand it, police ‘must’ identify themselves if asked to do so. His jacket says he was police … so there is trouble to be had there!

* AND get as many individuals from the event as you can to get £10 together, and apply for the video, photographs and CCTV? Under the Data Protection Act. [done this a few times now, and they hate it!]. Wont help you identify this chap, just winds them up and being on their case.

Oh, the other explanation is that he is a ‘real one’ from the intelligence services and that you really are suspected of some dark deeds. [you may feel honoured to attract such attention].

Hope some of this explains. Do cause time wasting trouble back. Makes all feel better, than just being victims eh?

Wot Free Festivals? A further rant, from Tash

Personally, I come from a free festivals and travelling background. New Age Travellers etc.

A number of sayings have helped guide my life over time. Like….

Bring what you expect to find?

If no you, who?

If not now, when?

If not here, where?

In sum, this means self-reliance. It means gigs are ALWAYS better, when people attending don’t just attend , but are a main part of the act. It is obvious to all those there, when this magic happens.

This is actually where I came in. 1972 Windsor, Stonehenge etc….. These were my motives then and remain so now.

Of course the authorities have difficulty with a system that means they are not in sole charge, hence all the law and violence since the Beanfield etc……

Over time, I have been involved I raising awareness about the law changes and their implications to us all.

· Public Order Act 1986

· Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

· Noise Act

· Barry Legg MP: Places of Entertainments (Increased Penalty) Act

· Security Services Act

And now all the Acts that have been going through parliament – with the words

“conduct by a large number of persons in pursuit of a common purpose” being a new definition of serious crime!!!

With the new definition of serious crime, that enable the use of some ‘heavier’ police departments to be applied against us. And will be the end of all the RTS and similar gigs.

Shame eh?

Now, in ‘rave mode’, I have spent time with the Velvet Revolution and All Systems gigs, I had written ‘Sound Advice’ and the ‘Right to Party’ – to try and raise these matters in peoples minds.

Well, we have lost each of the matters I’m on about here. Whoever you vote for, the government gets in!

What I am absolutely positive about though, is that people involved in the scene,


People have to realise that self-interest and their own immediate happiness ( hedonism?), is not enough to make a festival, party rave, traveller site, gathering.

Important, but not enough.

Some folks on reading this will have been too young, to have had any objection to these changes as they have happened over recent years. But many others of you will have been.

The way parties are now organised, between those trying to conform with some pretty onerous conditions, (ie half to 2/3 of a ticket price to ‘self-police’ and pay for your own public order management and drug search.!) and those involved with the ‘free’ end of things but at continued ‘personal’ rather than ‘sheared’ risks.

This division is of course orchestrated by the other side.

This old hippy / raver? Is now of the opinion that folk have now got the party they deserve.


Love. Tash

Wrote this a while ago now, and it has done the rounds, causing a little controversy 🙂

It has just been posted on the PartyVibe site at: http://www.partyvibe.com/articles/tash.htm

It is not just ‘parties’ of course, that i’m moaning about here, but festivals at large, and the ‘gathering’ at Stonehenge. Quite disappointed in the way, folks seem to have settled for the scene, as it now is … Ho Humm…..



Very Windy

Am near River Trent at Clifton, Nottingham. Levels up, but not flooded. Very Windy. strong gusts. A few trees down. really overcast though, so no good pictures. Ordinance Survey reff: SK535345

There is a conservation project going on down here. Some work by BTCV.

Holme Pit Action Trust http://www.holmepit-sssi.org.uk


Have shot a lot of graffiti over the years, not much on my website, but will have to look into this. Anyway, was attracted to this piece. A few examples have just appeared in the Radford area of Nottingham

A fine sentiment, and thought it worth mentioning.

Kittens and ‘Scarey’ Flash animation

Do i recommend you check out this chaps work, such creativity …. !

Joel Veitch, 27, of rathergood.com is a freelance web maniac based in London. He gave the world the Frightened Boy animation, and the world was very scared.

“My mission is to destroy production values through swamping the online world with badly-polished graphics.” he says.

A Frightened Boy http://www.rathergood.com/vid

for those into to some rough music and like cats, this flash animation is for you ……

Show it to your kids, by all means, but NOT just before bedtime … !


These ones are rather good also …. [a little more ‘mild-mannered!]





I fact, check out the whole of his blog at: http://www.rathergood.com You’ll be there for hours.

oh , and this one staring a pretty mad cow:


Clearly, skilled folks with nothing better to do.

Indymedia UK Wins New Media Award


In 1999 http://www.mcspotlight.org allegedly had their coverage of the J18 International Carnival Against Capital http://www.j18.org protests censored from the awards ceremony, as being unsuitable for the audience (see http://www.ntk.net /1999/07/02 ). Times seem to have changed with Indymedia now getting an award.

This year however the New Statesman mistakenly published the URL of Indymedia UK as http://www.indymedia.org – the address of the global IMC portal – in both their magazine and website, proving their expert grasp of new media. In the same week that the magazine’s awards were being announced Indymedia was being branded as a terrorist organisation by another magazine in Italy.

The presentation of the awards took place on October 1st at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference just days after the news that a police minister is taking steps to try and close down Melbourne Indymedia ahead of anti-WTO protests in November. Two Indymedia volunteers accepted the award and used the opportunity to highlight the increasing threats to free press and civil liberties and increasing political repression post September 11.

Detailing some of the attacks on Indymedia from around the world over the last year they wondered whether the support shown for Indymedia by Stephen Timms (E-commerce Minister) who presented the awards, and judges like Bill Edwards, the Director of the government’s e-Communications office, could be counted on if Indymedia UK is attacked by the police or state in the future. Observers said the politicians were very uncomfortable indeed not knowing where to look, and the speech received an enthusiastic response.

After the speech a number of trade union workers pledged their support for Indymedia and many others commended the project.

The occasion was also used to highlight Media Democracy Day on the 18th October and the growing mobilisations for the UN World Summit on Information Society in Geveva, Dec 2003.

Don’t Hate The Media – Be The Media! Reclaim Your Media!

Indymedia UK was Winner of the Advocacy Award, and was commended in the Online Communities Award, see:


Media Democracy Day: http://www.mediademocracyday.org and in the UK http://www.mediademocracyday.org.uk



from the New Statesman at:


Another excellent list of high-quality finalists meant that choosing the 2002 winners was difficult, with very little in terms of quality between the top placings in many categories. Each of the finalists, websites, and especially the winners, deserves a visit if you would like get a taste of what is successful today in new media.

Overall Merit Award

Winner: www.ninelives.tv

Elected Representative Award

Winner: www.edwarddavey.co.uk

Commended: www.stevewebb.org.uk

Advocacy Award

Winner: http://uk.indymedia.org

Commendations: http://www.passport.panda.org


Education Award

Winner: www.historyworld.net

Commendations: www.cheslynhay.org.uk


Online Communities Award

Winner: www.friendsreunited.co.uk

Commendations: http://brookmans.com


e-Government Award

Winner: www.cheltenham.gov.uk

Commended: www.food.gov.uk

Established more than five years ago, New Media Awards continues to set the standards in new media. NMA 2003 plans to attract more new ideas, solutions and excellence in new media. If you would like to receive news of NMA 2003, please email newmedia@newstatesman.co.uk

Counter cultures

Have recommended Laurie Taylor to you, several times before, dear readers. This weeks show is another gem, and I thoughly commend it to you.

You can hear the show again, for the next 7 days at:


[Real Player needed]

Laurie Taylor talks to Barry Miles, a veteran of the era when students around the world really believed that all you needed was love to change the world. Miles founded the Indica Gallery where John Lennon met Yoko Ono, he saw the Albert Hall filled with Beat poets and wrote down his memories of the Sixties because Allen Ginsberg told him too.

They’ll be joined by cultural commentator Professor George McKay to discuss why, like the Cheshire cat, counter-culture comes and goes but never quite disappears.

Additional information

Professor George McKay

Cultural Studies Dept

University of Central Lancashire

Preston PR1 2HE

Tel: 01772 201201

George McKay

Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties

Verso Books (1996)

ISBN: 1859840280

George McKay

DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain

Verso Books (1998)

ISBN: 1859842607

Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (Carfax)

Barry Miles

In the Sixties

Jonathan Cape

ISBN: 0224062409

Arthur Marwick

The Sixties

Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0192881000


I have supplied pictures for a couple of George McKay’s books.

‘Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties’ has some of my work from Castlemorton. Also ‘Glastonbury: A Very English Fair’ has work of mine from over ten years of the festival.

Jail for PC filmed kicking and punching man being arrested

Martin Wainwright Saturday October 19, 2002 The Guardian


A police officer caught on video as he kicked and punched a man was jailed for two months yesterday, but left court on bail pending an appeal.

Members of PC Keith Empsall’s family burst into tears at Leeds magistrates court as a security guard prepared to handcuff the 42-year-old and take him down to the cells.

The warder stepped back when Empsall’s counsel, Paul Greaney, asked for bail for the officer, who has no previous convictions or disciplinary record during 24 years’ service. Empsall was convicted of common assault by Leeds magistrates last month.

District judge Christopher Darnton told the officer, who has been suspended from duty since the incident in June last year, that he had “wrestled” over four weeks to choose a sentence.

Empsall was filmed by a student in Wakefield, who heard a fracas in the street outside his flat. An earlier, three-day trial was shown footage of him laying into an apparently unresisting neighbour, Christopher Wilson, 27, and dragging him to a police van.

The court heard that the incident followed an attack by untraced men on the car of a man who had called to collect the belongings of Mr Wilson’s girlfriend, who had ended their relationship. Mr Wilson admitted spending the evening drinking, but denied being violent when the police arrived.

Judge Darnton said: “I accept that day in, day out, police officers have difficult tasks to perform – it is often a thin dividing line between what is and what is not unlawful. But in this case you have unlawfully transcended that line.

“This was an assault committed in a position of trust and I believe the public deserves more from a police officer.”

In mitigation, Greaney told Judge Darnton that Empsall had an “exemplary character”. A probation service report on him accepted he had been dealing with an “obstreperous and obstructive” person.

West Yorkshire police, who will dismiss Empsall if his appeal against conviction fails, said: “It is a matter of regret when one of its officers is held to have fallen below the high standards expected of them.”

Here is the collected info about the backgroud to this story.


I go into all this, since I think this and the american cases, described, show the value of getting ‘proper evidence’, and how hard it is for courts to ignore. Again, a main reason for my interest in photography.

BBC report on the students video

“Student’s video ‘catches police attack'”


Photographic technique Red Filter 25A

As you can see from some of these entries, I like walking in wild places, and taking landscape photographs …… another means of expression, of who I am, I suppose.

Mostly, I do colour transparency, wide angle [20mm] with a polarizer filter. My treatment of Black and white landscape technique though, is different to every other subject I’m interested in.

I shoot almost exclusively with a red 25A filter, to add a shovel-load of drama to a photograph. At least a third and sometimes two thirds of an image, is of the sky. Without adjustment, this ends up over-exposed, resulting in a huge white space. And leads to quite uninteresting work really!

A red filter, darkens blue considerably, and hence adds contrast to the scene, accentuating the clouds, beautifully. With traditional printing technique [ie: in the darkroom], it means a print is a lot easier to make, without excessive need for the dodging in of the sky.

Now, with digital photography, there is a convergence between these techniques and materials.

This picture here was shot on colour slide. Fuji Provia 100asa 35mm. You can see the full colour version, in the previous blog entry, below. However, have just learned this technique. After scanning image in the usual way. Can now make a black and white image as if shot using a 25A red filter, derived from a colour transparency.

Open in PhotoShop. Go to Image > Adjust > Channel Mixer.

Channel Mixer dialog box opens, sliders add or subtract colour from each colour channel. Click the monochrome option.

Then, adjust slider to the following values:

Red +200

Green 000

Blue -100

Exposure can then be lightly adjusted using the ‘Constant’ Slider. Contrast can be tweaked, in the brightness & contrast slider dialogue as usual.

So long as ‘all’ the values add up to 100, image will be adjusted without any loss of highlight or shadow detail.

Earlier examples of the technique, with some pictures of Snowdinia last month.


A wander around Mam Tor – Derbyshire Peak District.

This post, via my WAP phone

Now at OS map SK112833 [sheet 110]. On the ridge 3miles south of Edale. Started walking from the odin mine road SK135834, via Mam Tor and on the the Rushup Edge Ridge. Blight blue sky 5 mins ago. Then a black cloud just went over and quite windy, so now horizontal rain. Now progressed to sleet and hail. This is not so nice, now ….. !

So, am hiding behind this rock, blogging via WAP, till all this weather, finishes ……!


Some earlier wanderings in the Peaks:


The Observer – Drugs Uncovered Series:

Money Problems:

“Wendy buys a gram of coke for £60.

She splits it into four equal piles.

Later, she sells each wrap to her ‘friends’ for £20 each.

How much does she make from the deal?”

Relating fractions to division:

“Peter invites two friends over to snort some speed.

He chops the powder into eight lines.

Each of them snorts two lines each.

They each get ______ of the speed.

How can Peter split what’s left so everybody gets

one more line?”

Observer ad, for series:

Drugs and the under14’s

Blimey, whatever next?

“In the terror trap” – What are we doing?

A couple of quotes from Timothy Garton Ash article in the Guardian this thursday…… “In the terror trap” Think it very informative, and I commend it to you.


“We’ve given up far to many freedoms

in order to be free”.

John le Carre

[a last epiphany of spymaster George Smiley]


“To make this choice is to accept a risk: more liberty, less security. But the balance in this case is clear.

Erring on the other side, we would sacrifice too much liberty for too little added security.

Put it like this: I would rather take a one in 10,000 chance of being blown up by a terrorist than a one in 10 chance of having my emails read by a spook”.

Timothy Garton Ash

Thursday October 17, 2002



“In the terror trap” – What are we doing?

A couple of quotes from Timothy Garton Ash article in the Guardian this thursday…… “In the terror trap” Think it very informative, and I commend it to you.


“We’ve given up far to many freedoms

in order to be free”.

John le Carre

[a last epiphany of spymaster George Smiley]


“To make this choice is to accept a risk: more liberty, less security. But the balance in this case is clear.

Erring on the other side, we would sacrifice too much liberty for too little added security.

Put it like this: I would rather take a one in 10,000 chance of being blown up by a terrorist than a one in 10 chance of having my emails read by a spook”.

Timothy Garton Ash

Thursday October 17, 2002



TEST from Nottingham Central library. I am browsing in the computer section with a view for networking information. What I’m also interested in is the abilty to get information, via my WAP phone from the library catalogue and Dewey Decimal numbers for ‘navigation’ purposes. Then, to record my ‘finds’ and useful info to this blog, for later retrieval and access. Cool eh?

This .pdf from Hampshire Library Service, gives you an idea of my meaning:


all discussed earlier at:


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