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Tuesday, 9-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Another 'armed' turnout' of Nottinghamshire Police.

 
 
 
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Another 'armed' turnout' of Nottinghamshire Police. [another false alarm]

We really are on a 'short fuse' after the terrorist attacks in London and ensuing panics.

Last month, I described, dear readers, that people were reporting suspicious packages all over the place. There were many scares all over the country. Here was one I happend apon:

Nottingham Bomb Scare, Mansfield Road [another false alarm]
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/07/317959.html


Crumbs!!

Well, there I was at 3.30pm this afternoon, travelling down the Nottingham Road, passing the junction of Gregory Boulevard, when four police cars including the heavy mob, and some Armed Responce Units, pulled over a bus.

I didn't know what was going on to start with, but like most citizens, am quite concerned to be confronted by guns on the streets.

I photographed what I could. The incident only lasting a few minutes. When the guns had gone, I asked a seargent what was at issue. Apparently someone had reported seeing a man with a gun on the bus. Turns out to having been a toy gun. This is of course, a frequent reason for armed responce turnouts.

Now, in these times after recent events, some sections of the population are getting more police attentions than others and some folks are looking at people of a wide variety of ethnic origins with suspicions.

I asked the officer, since he mentioned 'these times' what was the ethnic origins of the people concerned here, but he declined to answer, saying that it wasn't relevent.

I quite agree with him, it shouln't be should it? But it is relevent now. The Chief Constable of the British Transport Police has said that he's not going to waste resouces in stopping and searching white old ladies.

Anyway, if you look past the police 'scrum' in the bus stop, you can see who the subject is. Low and behold, it's an south asian family.


Nottingham Peace rally in response to the London bombings
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/07/319509.html


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Gun Crime and Police response - Collected Links

There have been a number of protest marches and meeting in Nottingham. In common with many other cites, there has been a surge increase shootings and gun crime in general. This last week, I've been looking further into the situation. Both the reports of the shootings, mostly 'Black Youth' and the police response to it.

So much has been written, and I'll add my 'nine-pence worth' in due course. But I have collected these links together as a set, to give an idea of the scale of the developing situation. Read, and be depressed!

American readers, might of course, wonder what all the fuss is about. Shooting folks is normal, ain't it?


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Gun law : Britain's police are famed for walking the streets armed with nothing more lethal than a truncheon.
But now, for the first time, bobbies on the beat in two violent districts of Nottingham are carrying guns. John Kampfner asks, is this the shape of things to come?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,406343,00.html

US-style gun law comes to Britain - Nottingham police on armed foot patrol after rise in shootings [Operation 'Real Estate']
http://www.guardian.co.uk/gun/Story/0,2763,386622,00.html

Operation 'Real Estate' Nottingham response to gun crime: Police Review 17th November 2000

Metropolitan Police - Force Firearms Unit (SO19)
http://www.met.police.uk/so19

Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
http://www.acpo.police.uk

They have produced guidelines and have released the first six chapters of the Manual of Guidance on Police Use of Firearms. available here as PDF

Chapter 1 Introduction
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter1.pdf

Chapter 2 Use of Force
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter2.pdf

Chapter 3 Issue and Carriage of Firearms
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter3.pdf

Chapter 4 Command
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter4.pdf

Chapter 5 Use of Firearms
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter5.pdf

Chapter 6 Investigations and Remedies
http://www.acpo.police.uk/policies/Chapter6.pdf

Facing Violence: The Response of Provincial Police Forces
A Report of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Inspection 1995
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/fvrppf.pdf

INQUEST's statistics on fatal shootings can be found at: http://www.inquest.org.uk

Mothers Against Guns on my blog at:
http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2003/02/mothers-against-guns-httpwww.html


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Heckler & Koch MP5-Series submachine gun
http://www.waffenhq.de/infanterie/mp5.html

Walther P990 Pistol
http://www.impactguns.com/store/walther.html


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There are two previous enties on my blog about all this.

Tash Blog - Mums Against Guns protest and meeting
http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2003_01_26_tash_lodge_archive.html#88374768

Tash Blog - Gunshot Surveillance / Location Systems
http://tash_lodge.blogspot.com/2003_01_26_tash_lodge_archive.html#88387459

It was only last week that there was a demonstration by 'Mums Against Guns' http://www.mothersagainstguns.net

There has been a rise in the number of shootings lately, both in Nottingham, and British cities at large. It is terrible, and, something must be done! This was the objective of the march and the public meeting.

However, from some of these notes; you might see that the police themselves are more than fallible, in their dealing with the situation. Further, the amount of firepower currently deployed is scaring the blue-blazes out of many of us. Hence I offer you these links, to give you an idea of the scale of difficulties that they, and we are under.

All this is not at all, perculiar to Nottingham. Just as a sample, here are a couple of links to some similar stories on Bristol Indymedia UK http://www.bristol.indymedia.org

top cop speechless as 'lost' police handed over [6feb03]
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=3271

Guns in Bristol: [17jan03]
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=2995&group=webcast


I'm not so sure, that the police can be trusted to do guns. Check these out:

"Cops gun for trouble: Police lose pistols from van" - Nottingham Evening Post - 3 August 1995
"Missing police bullets found" - Nottingham Evening Post - 17 January 2001
"How I found police bullets" - Nottingham Evening Post - 19 January 2001
"Probe after police lose 15 bullets" - Nottingham Evening Post - 3 February 2003


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Research in Nottingham Libary Regarding the police use of weapons

I went to Nottingham City Library, to look up previous instance of the previous loss of ammo and weapons by police in the county. I know of instances in 2001 with the loss of another magazine and 1995 when they lost five hand guns out the back of a van. The doors were open, while they drove along, 'cos it was hot, apparently!!

Checked back though their cuttings archives and nothing was there. I asked an assistant about it, and , apparently they only keep 'important cuttings.'

I composed myself, and asked to speak to a senior archivist. She said; we mainly keep cutting of 'policy changes' rather than 'incidents'. And "Yep, I agree, it does seem we've been 'kind' to the police!". She also remembered the story from the time, [thus if she remembered 8 years later, chances are it might have been important!]

As a senior troublemaker, I told her there and then, that I would be grateful if that policy could be changed immediately, to take into account, what are self-evidently serious matters, that should result in 'important cuttings' and would be taking it up with the Nottinghamshire Senior Librarian next week. [watch this space].

Oh god!! I mean, bloody heck, my whole life is like this. So there's another couple of hours next week, to account for all this .. .. ..

This is all a bit outside my usual subjects.
But hey, It needed doing.


Hope you all find it useful. No doubt the police will find my interest in all this, 'interesting!'


Monday, 8-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Riverside Festival: Pictures 2 [Kawa Brass Bass Band]

 
 
 
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Nottingham Riverside Festival: Pictures 2 [Kawa Brass Bass Band]

http://www.nottinghamevents.org/riverside

The Riverside festival is a council run festival held just up river from Trent Bridge and the Victoria Embankment, as one of Nottinghams biggest annual events complete with a spectacular firework display it's definitely worth a look.

This year the festival is spread over three days. There are a wide variety of events and activities going over the weekend to the sound of local bands and a big variety of world music.

There is of course a big street fair installed for the three days with all the rides, stalls and candyfloss you'd expect, not quite on the scale of the Goose Fair but sunny days and balmy evenings by the river are infinitely better than freezing October fog in my opinion.

The main attraction with the riverside festival is that there are loads of cool cultured things to do as well as eat huge quantities of mushy peas and sit ashen faced on stomach churning rides. They have three stages and two street theatres on site with a variety of bands and acts to entertain you., plus there are arts and crafts displays, dance workshops and allsorts of other stuff going on including some excellent street artists and performers doing shows round the site.

As in past years .... it included a 10,000 plastic duck race, on the River Trent http://www.up4aduck.com

[aye up me duck! a Nottingham expression ]

The fireworks are on at 10.30pm and is massive and reflected in the trent a site to behold, certainly one of the best displays you'll see in Nottingham. Best place to see it is on the terracing on the waterline.

Victoria Embankment, Trent Riverside, Nottingham
Friday 5th August, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Saturday 6th August, 12 noon – 11.30pm
Sunday 7th August, 12 noon- 6.30pm

Download a brochure .PDF http://www.nottinghamevents.org/riverside/riverside2005.pdf


see also the Nottingham Asian Mela
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=505809
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=505810

see also last years Riverside Festival 2004
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=183368
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=183703
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=183724


Sunday, 7-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham Riverside Festival : Pictures 1

 
 
 
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Nottingham Riverside Festival : Pictures 1

http://www.nottinghamevents.org/riverside

The Riverside festival is a council run festival held just up river from Trent Bridge and the Victoria Embankment, as one of Nottinghams biggest annual events complete with a spectacular firework display it's definitely worth a look.

This year the festival is spread over three days. There are a wide variety of events and activities going over the weekend to the sound of local bands and a big variety of world music.

There is of course a big street fair installed for the three days with all the rides, stalls and candyfloss you'd expect, not quite on the scale of the Goose Fair but sunny days and balmy evenings by the river are infinitely better than freezing October fog in my opinion.

The main attraction with the riverside festival is that there are loads of cool cultured things to do as well as eat huge quantities of mushy peas and sit ashen faced on stomach churning rides. They have three stages and two street theatres on site with a variety of bands and acts to entertain you., plus there are arts and crafts displays, dance workshops and allsorts of other stuff going on including some excellent street artists and performers doing shows round the site.

As in past years .... it included a 10,000 plastic duck race, on the River Trent http://www.up4aduck.com

[aye up me duck! a Nottingham expression ]

The fireworks are on at 10.30pm and is massive and reflected in the trent a site to behold, certainly one of the best displays you'll see in Nottingham. Best place to see it is on the terracing on the waterline.

Victoria Embankment, Trent Riverside, Nottingham
Friday 5th August, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Saturday 6th August, 12 noon – 11.30pm
Sunday 7th August, 12 noon- 6.30pm

Download a brochure .PDF http://www.nottinghamevents.org/riverside/riverside2005.pdf


see also last years Riverside Festival 2004
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=183368
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=183703
http://tashcamuk.fotopages.com/?entry=183724


Saturday, 6-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Hiroshima @ Nagasaki 60th anniversary event in Nottingham

 
 
 
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Hiroshima day ceremony - 12.30 - 1pm 6th August 2005.

CND national, regional, and local groups are holding events all across the country to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


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Hiroshima & Nagasaki : 60 Years

The 1945 Bombings
The Manhattan Project, code name for the US top-secret development of the atomic bomb, began in 1942. The first atomic explosion took place over the New Mexico desert on 16 July, 1945. The test was considered a success, and the Truman administration gave the order to drop the atomic bomb in Japan only nine days later, on 25 July.

On 6 August, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The bomb, called ‘Little Boy’ contained Uranium-235 and had the destructive power of over 15,000 tons of TNT. The bomb exploded at 580 metres above the city. ‘Fat Man’, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki on 9 August, contained Plutonium-239 and had the destructive power equivalent to 21,000 tons of TNT. It exploded about 500 metres above ground.

The intense heat rays from the nuclear explosions incinerated tens of thousands of people and caused disfiguring burns on many survivors. It is thought that the temperature at the site of the blasts reached millions of degrees centigrade at the peak of the explosion. Intense shock waves levelled all structures within a wide radius, and massive amounts of radiation were released.

The official Hiroshima government estimate is 140,000 dead they stopped counting after December 1945 when acute illnesses subsided. Many thousands more died in the months and years following the attacks.

The damage to Nagasaki was somewhat less, probably due to the topography of the city. Even with this natural protection, at least 70% of the city was destroyed by ‘Fat Man’ and approximately 100,000 civilians were killed.

Radiation sickness is now a well-known condition that has affected thousands of Japanese over many years and incidents of leukaemia and cancer are high in these two areas.

Dispelling the lies
Conventional wisdom has it that the US dropped the nuclear bombs in order to minimise casualties, claiming that a ground war would have killed many more people. However, historical records have shown that Japan was in fact trying to surrender at the time. Dwight Eisenhower, commanding general of US forces in Europe in World War II and President of the US from 1953-1961, said, Japan was at that very moment seeking some way to surrender with minimum loss of face. It was not necessary to hit them with that awful thing. The annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a defining moment in global warfare and marked the emergence of the US as the world’s dominant super power, a position secured by its unchallengeable nuclear might and its preparedness to wield it. This is the only time that nuclear weapons have been used in war.

The new nuclear threat
60 years on, however, the threat of nuclear weapons being used in war is growing once again. At least eight countries possess nuclear weapons, all far more powerful than the bombs dropped in 1945. Despite the responsibilities of Nuclear Weapons States under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), there has been no significant move towards disarmament.

In fact, we are seeing a drive for greater nuclearcapability, led by the United States. The US 2002 Nuclear Posture Review outlines the role of nuclear weapons in winning wars and names North Korea, China, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Libya as countries where ‘contingencies’ could lead to a first-strike use of nuclear weapons.

The development of the US National Missile Defence (NMD) shield would enable the US to launch a nuclear attack on another state without fear of retaliation. Many governments and experts throughout the world are concerned that the successful implementation of this system will lead to a new arms race. Indeed, Russia has already

tested the SS-27 Topol-M missile, designed to defy interception by the NMD system, and in 2003 North Korea withdrew from the NPT.

The British Government has now adopted a ‘first strike’ use policy, agreed publicly to the use of Fylingdales for US NMD, and signed an US agreement for greater ballistic collaboration. Experts believe that plans for a laser testing facility at Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), could be used to develop new nuclear weapons. The British government is also seeking to replace the Trident system. The Prime Minister has

made clear his support for pre-emptive war, stating that Britain must act even when the threat (seems) so far off, if not illusory.

These moves toward greater nuclear capability and to first-strike use in the context of the on-going pre-emptive war drive increase the threat of a nuclear arms race and of nuclear weapons being used once again.

No More Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis
In an attempt to communicate the scale of the devastation of the tsunami, many international commentators likened it to Hiroshima. This shows what a resonance the 1945 bombings have on the world consciousness. Furthermore, research shows that Hiroshima is people’s primary spontaneous association with nuclear weapons.

The 60th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is an important opportunity for us to raise awareness amongst the general public of the horrifying reality of nuclear war, and the need to join CND’s campaign for global nuclear abolition and against new nuclear weapons. In particular, members should put pressure on the British government to meet its disarmament obligations and end its support for the US pre-emptive war drive.


http://www.cnduk.org/pages/campaign/cdwnpk.pdf

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki : 60 Years Commemoration Events

6 August -- 12.30pm -- Vigil in Market Square, Nottingham
60th Anniversary vigil in Market Square, Nottingham organised by Nottingham CND and Greenpeace

6 August -- 7pm -- 60th Anniversary Commemoration at the Arboretum
60th Anniversary Hiroshima Day Commemoration with poetry, readings, music, and opportunity for reflection, followed by a candlelit procession (please bring a candle). This takes place by the bandstand in the Arboretum, Waverley Street.

7 August -- 1pm -- "Dr. Strangelove"
Special showing of the film "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb", with introduction by Jenny Maxwell from West Midlands CND. Come to see this classic film in which an insane general attempts to start a nuclear war, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers.



Nottingham CND http://www.nottinghamcnd.org.uk

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament http://www.cnduk.org

Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org


Sunday, 31-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nottingham NO2ID - anti Identity Card Group

 
 
 
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Nottingham NO2ID - anti Identity Card Group

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 the middle of last year, I had voluteered to take part in the Home Office Identity Card Scheme trial.


Volunteer: They said:

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer for the biometrics enrolment trial which UK Passport Service are undertaking, the recruitment of volunteers is being managed by MORI (Market & Opinion Research International). Any request to take part in the trial should be directed to: Melanie Briere on telephone number 020 7347 3023, e-mail trial@mori.com, or via http://www.mori.com/candc/passport.shtml.

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Quite a painless exercise. They took all fingerprints, a face picture [with a four position facial 'map'] and an iris read. This was done from about 15" away, a little surprising that, since I thought it was right up close, like looking into a microscope. Then I signed an electronic pad. That was the databasing side. Filled out a questionnaire, while card was prepared.

Then there is the verification phase. They took my card, stuck it into the reader. I was asked to sit at similar machine that scanned my face. It took a few seconds. then the computer, whirred and rattled, then everything stopped, a few worried looks! then it started again, the screen showed my name and details. So it worked. Well, at least with a sample of 3859 folks to compare on the database. That's as far as they've got now.

Not sure what a terrorist is going to make of all this. If is catches a few, that's good of course. But with my experience of plod, I can see how awkward it is going to be for some folks ......

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.

Identity Cards
Home Office
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London
SW1H 9AT
ID helpline: 0207 3473023
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/comrace/identitycards/index.html



The Full report of this trial was published on the 25th May, and can be see at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/docs4/UKPS_Biometrics_Enrolment_Trial_Report.pdf

with a sumary at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/docs4/UKPS_Biometrics_Enrolment_summary.pdf

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ID card and database schemes, are of course, only part of the mix, used to control the populus. They will link directly into the CCTV, police surveillance [eg FIT teams] systems and the National Criminal Intelligence databases.

If you want to know any more about my interest in surveillance, please check these links out:

surv - start: http://tash.gn.apc.org/surv_10.htm
surv - watched: http://tash.gn.apc.org/watched1.htm
surv - face recog: http://tash.gn.apc.org/face_rec.htm
surv - Nomad: http://tash.gn.apc.org/nomad_10.htm
surv - mayday 2000&1: http://tash.gn.apc.org/surv_mday1.htm

There are journalistic implications to the ID card scheme, and The Journalist Magazine has just covered some of their concerns in the August issue.


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