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Monday 5 December 2011 10.13am
London SE1,

Recently I sent several e-mails (attached below) to Valerie Shawcross MP, & the Chief Editor of The Evening Standard, including an article about these noisy unmarked aircraft/helicopters that have been flying around in circles over Tabard Gardens Estate, SE1, since, (according to a police officer) 1997!

The residents of Tabard Gardens, are up in arms about these noisy & polluting commercial type passenger aircraft, that are actually being used by the police & intelligence services to eavesdrop on British citizens. These huge unmarked aircraft are packed full of sophisticated electronic detection equipment.
It seems, that the people inside these aircraft, can monitor & intercept, mobile phone call conversations, tap into internet web users, email conmmunications addresses, etc.

Who are these people and why are they spending so much of the British tax payers money, just flying these huge aircraft around our area, for 14 years now?
As if we don't have enough pollution with Great Dover Street, supposed to be the most polluted road in Europe!

I thought I would bring this matter to the attention of SE1 residents, as we all have to live around this area, as well as have to breath in all this extra pollution, including our children, who are also being woken up at early hours of the mornings, from 6:00am!

I'll keep in touch,

Yours Sincerely,

Demetrius Skortou

To the Editor of The Evening Standard

Dear Mr Greg,

I'm not sure whether the Telegraph article (attached below) will interest you, or your London Evening Standard readers. However I have been writing about unmarked planes/helicopters, flying around London now for nearly 9 years. I have been writing to practically everyone in authority about these mysterious craft, in particular, Valerie Shawcross MP, who actually e-mailed the Telegraph article to me. In response to this article, I sent a further e-mail reply (attached below) back to Valerie Shawcross.

Given, this is a London story, I felt maybe you would like to investigate, further into this bizarre tale. No one in authority seems to know who these aircraft actually belong to and how much all these aircraft are costing the tax payers. I am absolutely certain that there is more to this story than meets the eye!

Yours Sincerely,

Demetrius Skortou


Dear Valerie,

There are still four unmarked planes that are circling around Tabard Gardens & other areas of London. The first, is a small light unmarked aircraft, that only has a Swiss flag on its tail fin and no company logos or serial markings. The second, looks like a 727, with a blue underbelly, no markings and just a bogus British flag on its tail fin. The other two are much larger aircraft, one looks like a 747 jumbo, that is white and also has a bogus flag, on its tail fin.

I read The Telegraph article and I'm astonished that a police officer has only admitted to just 3 aircraft, costing 3 million pounds, being flown since 1997. The fact is, that there have been 20 unmarked aircraft/helicopters that have been flying around in circles, for 18 hours, every day, 365 days a year! Is this police officer, seriously suggesting that all these aircraft, which have been flying around in circles for 14 years, have only cost the tax payers, just 3 million pounds?

There are also other costs, that have to be taken into consideration; wages for all the staff involved in this curious activity, not to mention, landing & take off costs, fuel, ground rent for their air base in Hampshire, council tax, food, gas, water, electricity bills and constant maintenance for all of their aircraft. Have I forgotten anything?

I do appreciate that the security services do have a duty to protect us all from, possible terrorist attacks. Although, how the police and intelligence services are supposed to protect our citizens, when anyone can walk through our border controls, with ease, is a mystery to me. I doubt very much, if any of this has anything to do with protecting our citizens from acts of terrorism. Has the Prime Minister been informed, or the Defence Secretary, about all this lavish spending, these people are costing the British taxpayers?

With savage cuts being implemented by this coalition government, how can the police justify this kind of lavish spending of British tax payers money, on flying 20 unmarked aircraft/helicopters, around in circles, for 18 hours every day? I have never heard of such a thing. Surely, there should be a proper investigation into this matter. The Police have even admitted to flying unmarked aircraft/helicopters, which is breaking the Civil Aviation Authorities regulations. All aircraft, including the Police are required by law, to be clearly marked with letters & numbers. I have also noticed that the Police are using a helicopter, that has been painted to just look like a police helicopter, but it isn't. This helicopter, has been coloured dark navy blue, with yellow sidings, but no markings!

What the Labour opposition, should be demanding, is a proper public enquiry, into this matter. The police can't keep using "National Security" has an excuse to cover up what is an obscene waste of taxpayers money. Let the police justify the amount of tax payers money, that they have spent on this venture, to a public accounts committee. Not to mention, the unnecessary levels of noise and pollution being admitted into our atmosphere.

I also wonder, how many people may be getting rich, at the expense of the taxpayer? Using those two words "National Security" can always cover up a multitude of sins. Its no wonder, therefore, that some police officers can pocket some extra money, out of the British Taxpayers, and probably get away with it. Some of these people who work in secret, are a law unto themselves. Does the Home Secretary (Teresa May) know anything about these bizarre activities, and if not, why not?

I'll Keep in touch,

Yours Sincerely,

Demetrius Skortou

The Metropolitan Police has secret spy planes capable of eavesdropping on mobile phone calls from the sky.

The existence of the fleet of planes - each costing at least 3 million to purchase and hundreds of thousands more to operate - has never been publicly disclosed.
The police have being using the planes since at least 1997.

The disclosure of the spending, which is not detailed in official accounts, comes as the police face 20 per cent cuts in their budget, creating fears that hundreds of support staff will lose their jobs and the number of officers reduced.

Despite the cuts the Met's secret fixed wing aircraft fleet is still flying regular sorties over London from a base at Farnborough airfield, in Hampshire.
The planes have apparently been fitted with secret surveillance equipment capable of intercepting mobile phone calls or eavesdropping on conversations.
They are understood to be similar to surveillance planes available to MI5 which have been used in anti-terrorism operations and were used to help West Midlands Police track suspects connected to a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier.

One of the planes is a Cessna F04, which can carry up to 14 passengers or be fitted with specially integrated patrol mission packs. We have been asked not to disclose full details of the aircraft on security grounds.
The twin engine craft are operated separately from the Met's Air Support Unit which has three helicopters and flies hundreds of hours a month in support of police operations around the capital at a cost of 3 million a year.
Last week a Metropolitan Police spokesman refused to discuss its use of the fixed wing aircraft but insisted it has gone through a "full" procurement process.
However members of the Metropolitan Police Authority, which scrutinises the force's spending said they had never been told of the existence of the aircraft.

According to Civil Aviation Authority records, the aircraft is registered to a firm called Nor Leasing.
There is no trace of the firm on any other official record and its business address registered with the CAA is actually a branch of Mail Boxes Etc, which offers a virtual office services and mail forwarding, in Surbiton, south-west London.

Another Cessna was also previously registered to Nor Leasing at the same address and at another service address in Kensington, west London.
In 1997 one of the original individuals listed as "trading as" Nor Leasing was John Carnt who at the time was a senior Metropolitan Police detective.
Superintendent Carnt was the then head of the Serious and Economic Crime Group, which was set up to combat major fraud, money laundering and art and antiques thefts.

The pattern of hidden spending is believed to have been established by Tony Williams, a former assistant finance director at Scotland Yard, who established a secret web of companies for use in specialist undercover operations.
But Mr Williams also used the same techniques to steal millions of pounds from the force to set himself up as a bogus Scottish "laird". Williams was accused of stealing more than 4 million from Scotland Yard. He was jailed for seven years in 1995.

Metropolitan Police Authority member James Cleverly last night said he was totally unaware that the Met had any fixed wing aircraft.
Mr Cleverly, who also sits on the authority's counter terrorism and protective services committee, which examines the force's covert work, said: "This is not something that I have been made aware of or have had the opportunity to scrutinise.
"In the light of the tight financial situation we are facing and the cuts being imposed on the police service it is imperative that we examine any assets that could be construed as a 'luxury'.
"I would expect full disclosure of details of this to the MPA to enable us to examine whether it represents good value for money for the police service."

Mark Demery
Head of External Relations
020 7983 5769
07973 191 635

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Monday 5 December 2011 10.52am
Didn't you already post this on "Chatter"???

Seems like noise and pollution!
Monday 5 December 2011 10.31pm
I wear a tin foil helmet so they can't monitor my calls.
Tuesday 6 December 2011 1.33pm
Very sensible Auntie Pat - it also stops the international Illuminati / Opus Dei conspiracy from listening in to your thoughts ;-)

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