30 July, 2005
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.
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:
26 July, 2005
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
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.
21 July, 2005
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 )
Legal Warning [to print out]
Resources :: Downloads
freeB.E.A.G.L.E.S. legal resource centre for UK political campaigners.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 )
it is cheap and worth everyone getting up to speed.
Hope this lot helps.
20 July, 2005
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
’tis very funny. You’ve gotta take a look.
Incidently, I was a Volunteer: Home Office Identity Card Scheme
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 ……
19 July, 2005
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.
16 July, 2005
High club prices and contempt for star DJs bring new era of ‘free parties’
Saturday July 16, 2005
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.”
15 July, 2005
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:
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.
Alan Lodge firstname.lastname@example.org
Nottinghamshire Indymedia IMC
Notts Wiki http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/ImcUkNottinghamshire
My Wiki http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Main/AlanLodge
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