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Security Fence: While in jail I couldn't help noticing the similar aesthitic of the prison and the Olympic enclosure which is surrounded by 17.5km of electric fence, on which there are 900 day and night vision cameras   © Mike WellsSecurity Fence: While in jail I couldn't help noticing the similar aesthitic of the prison and the Olympic enclosure which is surrounded by 17.5km of electric fence, on which there are 900 day and night vision cameras © Mike Wells

An Olympic Prison Diary

Prisoner Number A6379CN
HM Prison Thameside
Somewhere in South East London

Introduction
This diary was written by Mike Wells while incarcerated in Stoke Newington and Leyton police stations, and then in Thameside prison. Mike Wells was arrested after an incident which occurred on Leyton Marshes, site of a contentious Olympic construction project. He is currently free on bail. His bail conditions state that he should not go within a certain distance of a certain Olympic venue. His bail conditions last until his trial is over. The trial date has been set for the last day of the Olympics. He could be imprisoned for a breach of these bail conditions. He will answer a charge of common assault with a not guilty plea. He is a journalist, writer, photographer, and film maker.

Prison Diary
No way of knowing if it is day or night unless you ask and are told what time it be. Ten minutes or an hour, or three, time stands on its head...


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Another Fishy Olympics Photography story!

A fish enthusiast's allegedly hostile reconnaissance of a fish tank attracted the hostile attentions of a security guard at the 02 shopping centre in north-west London.


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new olympic competition: hacking the olympics

Anonymous are chatting about the possibilities for engagement, as flagged up in this quite good piece in HuffPo:


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A misleading picture from Andy Wilkes

.: No Photography. G4S Temple Mills Lane. May 2009No Photography. G4S Temple Mills Lane. May 2009

There is an ongoing stand-off between Olympic security guards and photographers with the Old Bill playing coy referee. There is a recent discussion about these issues on the British Journal of Photography blog

Andy Wilkes pitches in with his comment on 24 Apr 2012


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Protesting is good if you're dead!

It seems Danny Boyle plans to celebrate law breaking protest inside the Olympic stadium even as the police and politicians are clamping down on the same outside!


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Preemptive Arrests Planned for Olympics Protesters?

By Tim Hardy

Olympics Clock on Trafalgar Square: Photo: @DSG_DSGPhoto: @DSG_DSG


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A police welcome to the Olympic Park

CARP, the Carpenters Road campaign, was holding a film show outside the Carpenters Arms. I had wandered off and found a blocked off road with a sign which said 'Welcome to the Olympic Park'. It was so ridiculous that I decided to take a photo. Just as I was doing this a police car pulled up and a policeman leaned out and asked:


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mission creeps

Did any of the planning documents mention a missile base?

concludes @blackheathbugle, perhaps in faux naïveté?


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Loughborough BOA Security alert! 'marquee' athletes being kitted out

Now it's the turn of Loughborough University and Leicestershire Constabulary to get up the nose of the British Olympic Association! It's already being charged £750,000 to use the facilities at Loughborough for Team GB but it is now facing a further charge of £1million for security.


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