6th October 2007
I travelled to London for the
“Healing and Spirituality in the 21st Century” Conference at
the Friends Meeting House in Euston, conveniently directly across the road
from the Underground and Railway Station. The Conference was organised by
the National Federation of Spiritual Healers and the London Branch of the
Doctor Healer Network
Monday 8th October 2007
in Havant, in the afternoon, and walking through the Meridian Centre, I
found myself drawn into an odd conversation by a youth, who had broken off
from his friends as he passed me, going in the opposite direction. the
conversation made no sense as such, until I noticed him glancing downwards
on occasions, followed his movement and realised he was secretly videoing my
reactions to his oddball questions and patter. as soon as he realised I knew
what he was doing, in true brave amateur journalistic fashion, he ran as
fast as he could.
I later traced him back to Havant College,
having seen him leave the other side Havant Park, with his friend, in the
direction of the College, managing to take a few photographs of him with my
digital camera, which, fortunately, i had in my car, as, again, he ran away.
The student concerned is the blond youth showing his video recordings to
friends in the middle of the group in the photograph. The full story of the
college media student is related on another page.
9th October 2007
about 9.30 a.m. I received a telephone call from Lesley Siddall, the Deputy
Principal of Havant College. She asked what I would like to be done about
the video incident with the Havant College Student on the previous day.
I said that I had spoken to a member of the College staff, on the previous
day and my most pressing requirement was that I have a written assurance
that the video recording of me had been wiped clean and that it would not be
shown anywhere, either privately or publicly. Lesley Siddall said that the
student concerned had been identified, that she would be seeing him during
to morning to give him a piece of her mind and that a letter would be sent
countersigned by her.
There was a question about what else I wanted to see done and I replied that
I was not sure. I said that I had thought about passing over the details of
the incident to Elise Brewerton. When Lesley Siddall asked dif that was my
solicitor, I said that it was not; Elise Brewerton is a reporter on “The
News”, the local newspaper, based in Havant, at least she was, as far as I
remembered, as staff change from time to time.
In the end I said I would think about what else, if anything. There was no
point in pushing matters to far but the student had behaved as an arrogant
idiot without being able to show a shred of courage when asked to justify
his actions, simply running away.
Lesley Siddall was not aware of what had taken place in terms of the weird
conversation with the student
12th October 2007
The letter from Lesley Siddall
at Havant College duly arrived, along with a let of apology from the student
and assurance that he would not use any video material he had taken of me.
There was no point it pushing the matter much further, though the student
still did not have the courage to fully identify himself, just an unreadable
signature and a first name. Having had first hand experience of the person
concerned I was not convinced that was all that needed to be done but would,
probably, be unfair on the College to take it much further. Havant College
is a very good College, though any such institution has it share of people
who go too far at times.