Jess Hurd


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

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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

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Save Dale Farm

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.

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