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<<>> Netcu Watch update 07 05 07
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6 Boat Lane, Evesham raid Tuesday 1st May 2007

I was awoken at 05.20 by a policeman putting his head though the sash
window. As I walked off to the bathroom to make myself presentableish he
jumped through the window to let his chums in.

It was very odd that the dogs were so relaxed, as though they knew those
who came to raid, possibly I am being paranoid by speculating that the
police have been in the house whilst I have been out but mention it to
enable others to be more careful. They then started to search the house
displaying a warrant issued by Hampshire magistrates which was to allow
a search for the following;

"Computer based electronic devices, peripherals, magnetic or optical
media (eg CD, USB, pen drives), Conventional Telecommunication devices
(eg landline and mobile telephones, Blackberries), current critical
conventional communication devices (eg fax machines, personal data
assistants), documentation identifying communication opportunities or
identities (eg top up vouchers, customer bills), evidence of association
and support of animal rights extremism (eg literature, documents,
photographs, diaries), financial documentation, (bank statements,
receipts), evidence of travel (eg maps, satellite navigation".

In other words it was a fishing expedition, an attempt to intimidate and
disrupt. I was NOT arrested and still have no idea why they burgled me
and will be seeking legal advice.

Then 1946, 689, 1932, 956,1181, 1315 and 35 (there were a few other s
but they escaped before I got their numbers) started a rather cursory
search of the house with one weirdo filming me all the time. I regret to
report that they really did not seem that bothered about helping me
store various boxes of stuff and took just the computer, a few bank
details, video and stills cameras.

Interestingly they took an old 20 year hard-drive which will cost them
several thousand pounds to access and will then involve a police officer
reading through hundreds of irrelevant files many of which consist of 10
year old essays on midwifery which have been printed off and been
subjected to scrutiny on 2 previous occasions. Some unfortunate minion
will have to spend hours locked in a dark room trawling through it all
yet again, what a shame! Never mind, someone might throw him/her the odd
donut once a day.

After an hour and a half they got really bored and went on their way. I
then had to go to work.

Animal rights people are often accused of violence and "harassment" but
I am not aware of any activist gaining entry to someone's home, stealing
their possessions, detaining them for over an hour and filming them

In my case this was not an attempt to solve a crime, or to prevent one,
this was an attack on me because of my beliefs and an affront to any
notion that we live in a free country. Of course I am not at liberty to
comment on any other raids or persons who were also attacked on 1st May
2007 suffice to say that I probably had the very least disruption
judging from what I have heard especially concerning the disgraceful
violence inflicted on Freshfields animal rescue and it was refreshing to
see journalists questioning the police on this matter at the press

NETCU press released the story of the raids at 06.30, 08.30 and 13.30
with a press conference at 11.00 at Netley presided by ACC Steve Watts
(who squirmed quite a bit when asked about Freshfields) which appeared
all over their website. The intention was clearly to stop people
protesting against vivisection, to stop people from associating with
those who protest against vivisection and to silence any criticism
against animal experimentation.

Questions which must be asked of NETCU concerning these events are:

1. Who do they define as an "extremist"? Someone who hands out a leaflet
saying circuses are cruel? Someone who stands quietly on a demonstration
holding a banner? Someone who has written a polite letter against
vivisection to a newspaper or to a laboratory?

2. What is "harassment"? Pro vivisectionists have written statements
concerning other cases saying that they are "harassed" by the mere sight
of a protestor or receiving a non-threatening letter criticising their
vile deeds, is it appropriate for the police to even respond to this
nonsense let alone actively encourage, indeed harass vivisectors to

3. Why do those who support vivisection deserve more police protection
than other members of the public? 7 years ago I was involved in a
case(i.e accused with others of burglary resulting in a 3 week Crown
Court trial) which involved an incident room and several hundred
thousand pounds of public money because 10 pieces of scrap paper had
been "stolen" from a laboratory bin. It is somewhat difficult to imagine
anyone else walking into a police station reporting the exact same
circumstances (this "crime" was reported 3 months later) and being
treated with anything but contempt. Why do vivisectors get preferential
treatment whilst "ordinary" folk are often ignored by the police when
they need urgent assistance?

4. Why is NETCU so blatantly pro vivisection? Why does their links page
include pro-vivisection pressure groups such as the Research Defence
Society? Is it really appropriate for police officers to determine
whether or not the practice of vivisection is right or wrong? What next,
are NETCU going to make a political statement on for example abortion
then hound the campaigners who have the opposite view to them, or will
they wait to be told the "correct" political stance by government before
daubing one side with the "extreme" label? We already know that NETCU
consider it extreme to actually question the wisdom of NPower defiling
Radley Lakes and poisoning the surrounding land, police have been all
too willing to attack peaceful protestors protecting the environment,
their homes and families. Is anyone who questions a corporation now an

5. ACC Adrian Leppard talked of the harassment and intimidation of
vivisectors and their supporters. Animal rights people have been
threatened and attacked. I was attacked by an off duty police officer
whilst on a demonstration and sustained life threatening injuries being
hospitalised for 3 weeks and this could well be the worst violence
inflicted throughout the entire SHAC and Newchurch campaigns. There have
been numerous injuries which required hospital treatment including
broken bones. NETCU conveniently omits the threats of violence and
actual violence against animal rights people. If harassment,
intimidation and violence are issues then let us all have a full and
frank debate taking BOTH sides into consideration. Let us all not forget
that anything that has happened to humans is nothing compared to the 500
animals killed at HLS EVERY day, we regard each as an individual and as
important as any human. An inquisitive mind may ask why the police have
had to pay so much compensation to activists after blatant unlawful
arrests, assaults and malicious prosecutions and why the police assume
themselves to be above the law when they kidnap and hospitalise
activists or sit back and watch as activists are beaten by security
guards or hunt heavies?

6. Thugs who steal family members (usually much loved cats and dogs)and
demand money with menaces often torturing the poor creature are given
free rein to continue by the police who do very little to help the
distraught victims of this despicable crime. If animal rights people can
be charged with blackmail for campaigning peacefully against vivisection
then why haven't these lowlife been charged with this very serious
offence? In fact if campaigning is now considered to be "blackmail" the
big question is; can the UK actually be considered a democracy? Surely
the point of democracy is the ability of everyone who wishes to to
question and protest via demonstrations, petitions, letter writing, etc
against a real or perceived grievance? Are we now in a society which
only allows government approved demonstrations such as the pro-test
demos? Is it the case that if you as an individual or part of a group
for example want to stop a school being closed and organise a campaign
against the council that you too will eventually risk being charged with
blackmail and potentially spend 14 years in prison?

7. Do NETCU seriously think that they are going to stop us?

I am sure that Superintendant Pearl will be keen to answer these queries
and others. NETCU give their address as:

PO Box 525
PE29 9AL
United Kingdom

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