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Photographs of Emergency

Locations:
Nottingham Railway Station[info] (52.947503, -1.145614 [Google Maps] [maps.live.com] [multimap])
Victoria Station, Westminster, London[info] (51.496563, -0.14386 [Google Maps] [maps.live.com] [multimap])
Dates: started Thursday, 25th March 2004, latest additions Friday, 9th April 2004
No grand plan for this page, just a vague collection of images that have some small connection with the emergency services. Even the word "emergency" is misleading, as they're probably par for the course - like armed Police on British streets and yet another alert at a London railway station...
P3251312
10:52am, 25th March 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
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P3251314
10:54am, 25th March 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
P3251314
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P3251315
10:55am, 25th March 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
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Armed Police on the streets of Nottingham, guarding the courts. And not just with hand guns, but nasty looking SMGs. And a van or two of their mates.
P4092746
2:52pm, 9th April 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
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P4092747
2:52pm, 9th April 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
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The alarms start flashing during a "security alert" at Victoria station. Firstly, calling it a "security alert" when was just a small fire at the back of a shop that had already been put out[*] doesn't help with security - next time we hear "security alert", we're going to say "Yeah, right, like last time". Secondly, it's amazing that the staff couldn't be arsed to tell commuters what was going on, so we were all crushed together wondering if we're going to get blown up; yet as soon as my camera appears I get a lecture about how it's company policy that I can't take pictures without the station manager's say so. Did they get my say-so for all the cameras they use on the platforms? No.
I'm aware that even fires that have been put out need the fire brigade to turn up and make sure before people can resume their business, so that's not what irked me. It's the lack of information and double standards.

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