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Round and Round and Round in Leyton

Leyton is becoming a hot spot for security guards harassing camera crews. Another film crew wanted to film the site of the former Clays Lane estate. We were standing on the same steps next to Draper's Field when once again a team of security guards came over to 'question' us about what we were doing. After some banter in which we told them it was none of their business they retired to call the cops.


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Alleged terrorist arrested wearing an electronic tag!

The Telegraph has a story about an Al Qaeda suspect arrested for being on a train which runs through the Olympic Park. The headline states misleadingly that he was caught 'at the Olympic Park' and the article opens with the statement that 'he was caught crossing through the Olympic Park five times' which left me wondering how he had managed to get into the Park, let alone get across it, so many times, until I got to the bit which mentioned the Overground train journey.

We are told this is the most 'serious security alert' to hit the Olympics so far. The article refers to the 'suspect' and various allegations and accusations that have been made against him and says he 'fled' to Somalia while on bail for which he was later locked up for almost two months. Mixed in with all this are various references to Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, al-Shabaab and jihad. The suggestion seems to be that he fled to re-engage in jihadi activity in Somalia but then the article refers in an aside to his Somali origins and his marriage to a Somali woman which makes Somalia a more obvious place to run to. It manages to mention that the person in question denies involvement in terrorism. However, buried in the middle of the article is the telling statement:

'In his absence he was acquitted of any crime.'


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Army's tow path manoeuvres

Army guard on tow pathArmy guard on tow path


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Going Ballistic: “I don’t want to live in a building with armed police at my door and missiles on the roof”

By Brian Whelan

Until two months ago I was happy to have the Olympic stadium next door to my apartment in Bow Quarter, East London – I thought there would be traffic issues but never worried the games would intrude on my life.


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approaching lockdown

Preparations for final lockdown: A security guard looks out from the bridge. A razorwire-topped barrier-cum-landing stage spans the river beneath. View from Lea Navigation towpath bridge over the Old River Lee, 25/06/2012Preparations for final lockdown: A security guard looks out from the bridge. A razorwire-topped barrier-cum-landing stage spans the river beneath. View from Lea Navigation towpath bridge over the Old River Lee, 25/06/2012


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Welcome To The Security Games

by Kevin Blowe

This is a piece I wrote for Peace News - an edited version appears in its next issue.

With weeks to go before the start of this summer's London Olympics, a sense of foreboding has descended on many of the people who, like me, live and work in Newham in east London, one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse parts of the capital. This anxiety, shared even by those who are enthusiastic about the spectacle of the Games, has been raised by the stories over the last six months about snipers in helicopters, missile launchers on tower blocks and RAF fighters in the skies during the Olympics and repeated predictions that it may be almost impossible to leave the borough during peak periods. People speak of feeling trapped by the arrival of an event that seems more like an invading army of occupation than a welcome visitor.


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We Are All Simon Moore solidarity statement

Solidarity with Simon Moore by  attendees at Save Leyton Marsh Campaign's Defend The Right To Protest meeting: Photo: @copwatcherSolidarity with Simon Moore from attendees at Save Leyton Marsh Campaign's Defend The Right To Protest meeting: Photo: @copwatcher


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You can't make it up!

Being filmed next to Draper's Field. Security guard told us we couldn't film Olympic sites. Told him we were on public land. He called the police who agreed we could film but said hoped we understood why the guards were worried. Took film crew's details. Said if anyone climbed in they would know where to come!


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