Jess Hurd

Photographer
Dale Farm

More Hostile Reconnaissance

Last year on UN Human Rights Day I was invited to cover a traveller wedding, one of four in four days at Dale Farm ahead of a planned site eviction by Basildon Council in Essex


As UN Human rights Day approaches this week Dale Farm is still intact and NUJ lawyers have today submitted a letter to the IPCC about the treatment I faced from policemen who stopped me under s44 of the Terrorism Act at the wedding, who took my camera and said I could have been doing “Hostile Reconnaissance”

I have been covering the lives and struggles of travellers in the UK since 1996 and more recently the problems for Roma gypsies across Europe. See the destruction of Sulukule, the oldest gypsy community in the world and the conditions in the camps around Rome

This week I was invited back to Dale Farm to document a double wedding, son and daughter of Peal (pictured) see the web gallery here

Images available from www.reportdigital.co.uk

Dale Farm – Portrait of a Grandmother

Irish traveller Mary-Anne McCarthy outside her home. Dale Farm residents, the largest traveller community in the UK are facing eviction from the Cray’s Hill site in Essex. They demand the council re-home them to another location within the district.


See images from today’s protest outside Basildon Council here where they delivered a Legal Memorandum to Basildon District Council setting out in terms of international law their rights to be re-settled as minority ethnic-community at another location.

“The Government has told Basildon it must provide land for us,” said Mary-Ann McCarthy, who presented the memorandum. “But we fear they will evict us by forced before this happens.”


© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Images available to licence from www.reportdigital.co.uk


See Dale Farm video here

Press Photographer’s Year

Belated post..

Check out the Press Photographer’s Year exhibition at the National Theatre, London Southbank.

Chuffed to get a couple of images selected.

An image from Dale Farm. Irish travellers Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan celebrate their wedding day. This was the third of four weddings held in quick succession by families at Dale Farm anxious to solemnize marriages before the New Year when Court of Appeal judges ruled that Basildon council can put into action its much delayed eviction operation.


The second image was from riot police on horseback trampling protesters outside the Israeli Embassy. National Palestine Demonstration, Stop Gaza Massacre. London. in January.


Thanks to the organisers and Chris for the photos.

All Images © Chris Calvert


Dale Farm Travellers Build Barricades


Dale Farm, the largest traveller site in the country makes preparations to defend itself from eviction. Families fear for the welfare of their children if the forced eviction goes ahead.


See slideshow here
Images are available for publication from: www.reportdigital.co.uk
Video and interviews are available.

More on the Dale Farm story here

Dale Farm Video – Gypsy Weddings


Dale Farm is the largest traveller site in Britain and is under threat of eviction.
The High Court has ruled in favour of Basildon council and the forced eviction of over a hundred traveller families from the land they own in Essex.

Four couples rushed to marry ahead of the court judgement.
The wedding of Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan took place on UN Human Rights Day – December 2008.

The Guardian Eyewitness can be viewed here

Video and Editing © Jess Hurd

All rights reserved. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this video to be copied, stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission: 

Contact: jess@jesshurd.com 

+44(0)7713151765 

Save Dale Farm
dale.farm@btinternet.com

Guardian Tear Sheet – Dale Farm Wedding

Read Guardian article here

NUJ here

Press Gazette here

BJP here

Read Independent here

Travellers’ Times here

A World to Win here

Marc Vallée Blog here


View the video of the wedding here


Listen to the audio of the police stopping me under S44 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act here

Human Rights Day


Irish travellers Nora Quilligan and Danny Sheridan from Dale Farm celebrate their wedding day. 

This was the third of four weddings held in quick succession by families at Dale Farm anxious to solemnize marriages before the New Year when Court of Appeal judges may rule that Basildon council can put into action its much delayed eviction operation.


© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


See web gallery here


Images available from: www.reportdigital.co.uk


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