6 – The Video Footage and Photography

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The following is a list of footage and photography that the author will be routinely referring to during the course of this book – in both Volumes.

Film Footage

1. Camera phone video by “Two-Blue-Coats” (a nickname – all will become clear), released independently on YouTube – hereafter known as the Camera Phone Footage

Fig. 12 – Camera Phone Footage still.
Fig. 12 – Camera Phone Footage still.

This film appeared on a YouTube channel apparently belonging to the same person who filmed it – @woolwichfinest. This is the name to whom the film was accredited when it was used by corporate news outlets. Rather than being one continuous film, it is a series of clips taken from different vantage points during the incident. The footage begins after the white lorry and bus have arrived on the scene, and shows by its content that the operator stayed filming on the scene throughout the incident. The footage even includes a shot from John Wilson Street with the helicopter about to land.

2. Footage filmed by “White-Shirt” (another nickname), released by the Sun – hereafter known as the Sun Arrest Footage

Fig. 13 – Sun Arrest Footage.
Fig. 13 – Sun Arrest Footage.

This film is obviously filmed using a high quality piece of apparatus, and from inspecting other footage in which the operator can be seen, it looks like a proper digital camera. The operator is seen holding the camera and sight-finding by using the flip out viewer. This footage partially covers the shooting (but not at all satisfactorily), but mostly the arrest of the perpetrators.

3. Footage filmed by Dominique Kipre, released by ITN – hereafter known as the ITN-Kipre Footage

Fig. 14 – ITN-Kipre Footage.
Fig. 14 – ITN-Kipre Footage.

Dominique Kipre’s name became known through a interview conducted with ITN about how he came to collect his footage. Kipre claims to have been a passenger on the Number 53 bus that stopped in front of Rigby’s body. He apparently got off the bus to film Adebolajo and Adebowale while they talked to women assembled around Rigby’s body. However, his footage starts late into the incident. There seems to be none before Amanda Donnelly has finished being seated by Rigby’s body (the significance of this will become clear later). Kipre is one of two camera operators who captures Adebolajo’s rant by the door of the bus. He also films some of the arrest, and the arrival of uniformed police to clear people off of the green from whence he was filming. The footage is undoubtedly good quality, but Kipre can be seen in other footage using a small recording device – probably not a proper camera.

4. Footage filmed by unsubstantiated person, released by the Sun – hereafter known as the Sun Angel Footage.

Fig. 15 – Sun Angel Footage.
Fig. 15 – Sun Angel Footage.

This footage is taken from inside the bus to begin with until the operator steps outside to continue filming. It shows Amanda Donnelly, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett and Vicki Cave around the body of Rigby, so it starts at some point mid way through what we are calling the Woolwich Angel or waiting phase of the incident. The operator also captures Adebolajo’s rant, and by comparison with the ITN-Kipre Footage, we can calculate that the operator was standing to the left, or to the south, of Kipre. As far as the identity of the operator, this is done in Chapter Forty One.

5. Footage filmed by unsubstantiated person, released independently on YouTube – hereafter known as the Bus Footage.

Fig. 16 - Bus Footage, part two.
Fig. 16 – Bus Footage, part two.

This footage wasn’t discovered by the author until over a year after he had started looking at the subject. Apparently, it had been uploaded to YouTube soon after the event, where it stayed largely unnoticed – if the number of times it was viewed is to go by. The name of the channel is “IGKLI LOMI”[1]. This footage is in fact comprised of two separate clips. The first is of Amanda and Gemini Donnelly running up Artillery Place and arriving on the scene. The second is footage of the ambulance crews and unarmed police arriving after the shoot-out.

Fig. 17 - the Bus Footage, part one.
Fig. 17 – the Bus Footage, part one.

6. Footage filmed by unsubstantiated person, released by the Mirror – hereafter known as the Mirror Footage (see Fig. 7).

This film was described in the Daily Record in the following terms:

The birds-eye 15 minute 50 second long footage, obtained exclusively by the Daily Mirror was filmed from 100ft up a tower block, which over looks the scene on Artillery Place at the corner of Rectory Place…

The filming opens shortly after the suspects have picked up the body and dumped it in the road and can then be seen talking to those filming them and the brave women trying to tend to their victims.

A couple of minutes into the footage a lone ambulance drives slowly up the street towards the butchered victim and looks like it is going to stop. But when they spot the two armed suspects standing nearby they have no option but to swerve round his body and keep going.

Suddenly eight minutes and 21 seconds into the footage the men sprint into action when the police BMW X5 comes round the corner and skids to a halt 25 feet away.

Woolwich terror attack: New video shows moment suspects were shot as they tried to ambush first police on the scene[2]; Nigel Atkins; 24 May 2013.

This film also shows the arrival of the paramedics, so it covers all the phases of the incident after the attack phases. Although the film is supposed to be 15 minutes long, only about 4 minutes of it can be accounted for in the public domain. Some of this footage is believed to have been presented in court.

7. Footage filmed by CCTV camera on the Victoria Tavern shop, released by authorities – hereafter known as the Shop Footage.

Fig. 18 – The Shop Footage.
Fig. 18 – The Shop Footage.

This film was presented to the public in two parts, even though both those parts belong to the same strip. There is an omission, or an interruption, and it was caused by the decision not to show the moment in the film when the Tigra made impact with Lee Rigby. So, the public were allowed to see the film up to a moment before Rigby was struck, and the public were allowed to see what happens in the film afterwards. The part that was omitted for the public was apparently shown to the jury at trial.

The film prior to the impact is 24 seconds in duration. The footage showing events post the impact lasts for 3 minutes and supposedly only covers the knife attack period – although we do not get to see anyone being attacked on the footage – it supposedly goes on out of sight of the camera.

8. Footage filmed by a Council CCTV camera on pole at Artillery Place junction – hereafter known as the Council Footage.

Fig. 19 – The Council Footage.
Fig. 19 – The Council Footage.

This footage was released by police at the time of the trial. It is in two parts, and shot by a camera facing up the hill. At first it shows Adebowale and Adebolajo milling about at the rear of the Tigra awaiting the arrival of the police. Then it shows their attack up to a certain point – which will be described later – and then it breaks. The second part shows the police standing over Adebowale as they proceed to arrest him, and the nearby Adebolajo. These clips have been presented in the corporate-media stitched together with still shots that are supposed to represent the omitted time. There are also a number of still shots from events before this main footage, and they will be used at the appropriate time to illustrate the text. It must be pointed out that none of the stills show any of the attack on Lee Rigby, nor even the dragging of his body to the road. Court reporting says that the jury saw this event, and this would be the most likely footage to show it. However, the public certainly didn’t get any access.

Photography and Stills

1. An iconic image of Adebowale talking to Ingrid Loyau-Kennett. This apparently first appeared on Twitter long after the incident, although on the same day. The Twitter poster, @dannymckiernen, when pressed for information about where the image came from, replied in this manner:

@drudgenbc it was a friend’s uncle’s fried he doesn’t have twitter and he doesn’t want to be contacted.

Fig. 20  – Image 1 - iconic moment when Ingrid Loyau-Kennett talks to Adebowale.
Fig. 20 – Image 1 – iconic moment when Ingrid Loyau-Kennett talks to Adebowale.

In fact, the photographer is very possibly captured on another piece of footage. The still can be found listed in this book as Fig. 221. He is the fellow standing on the left, and he seems to be carrying a camera with a long lens – so he is possibly a professional. Indeed, the picture is one of the best to emerge from the day, and is well composed, and full of detail. However, if that is the case, it is interesting that the image was released into social media as if to make it look like just another spontaneously captured image rather than being sold to a national newspaper.

Fig. 21 - @dannymckiernan’s responses to David Rudge of NBC.
Fig. 21 – @dannymckiernan’s responses to David Rudge of NBC.
Fig. 22 – Image 2 by @THEORIGINALMB.
Fig. 22 – Image 2 by @THEORIGINALMB.

2. This image seems to have appeared on a twitter stream belonging to an operator named @THEORIGINALMB. The author understands that the original was deleted, but the operator was pursued by the Sun picture desk, and received a tweet at 3:32pm on the day(?) asking about the picture. Furthermore, the image appeared on the Newsshopper live coverage at 3:25pm.

The author think the creator of this image is visible in the Kipre-ITN and the same fellow is seen filming in the Bus footage; in other words, it was one of the people who took their cameras out after the police shootout had happened.

3. The third image seems to have appeared on the Twitter stream belonging to an operator named @Bietle, and appeared at 3.11pm along with the text “shooting/stabbing in Woolwich”. The last time the author checked, it is still live.

Fig. 23 – Image 3 by @Bietle - “shooting/stabbing in Woolwich”.
Fig. 23 – Image 3 by @Bietle – “shooting/stabbing in Woolwich”.
Fig. 24 – Image 4 by @baotri-tran; note the photographer is above the figure on the mobile phone.
Fig. 24 – Image 4 by @baotri-tran; note the photographer is above the figure on the mobile phone.

4. This image seems to have appeared on the Twitter stream belonging to an operator named @baotri-tran. Again, the tweet seems to have by now been deleted, but commenter “felixfelix” in the David Icke forum[3] reported that the operator’s first tweet about the incident, “the shooting/murder in Woolwich”, appeared at 3:09pm. Assumedly an image was attached to this tweet, but the author is not entirely clear which of two possible photos it might have been. The one featured here is overtly copyrighted to baotri-tran. The author has another photo in his collection that seems to have been taken from the same perspective; it seems to show the same scene but only a few seconds before. Presumably, the provenance is the same. This other photo is the next in the list, but labelled 4b to represent its probable relation to this one.

Fig. 25 – Image 4b – presumably also taken by @baotri-tran.
Fig. 25 – Image 4b – presumably also taken by @baotri-tran.

5. This image was taken from the top level of the bus, and may have come from the same camera operator who gave produced the Bus footage. To the best of the author’s knowledge, this photo appeared on the internet in the days after 22nd May, and hasn’t the first clue as to where it originally appeared.

There are other photos of the Air Ambulance helicopter landing later on in the incident that appeared on Twitter that day. This moment represents the last moment of the 5th phase of the incident, and thus its very end. The images of it, and there are just about as many of the helicopter as there are of anything that went on before, aren’t totally pertinent. However, the tweets some of these helicopter images feature in will be examined in the second volume.

Fig. 26 – Image 5; a very good view from the top deck of the Number 53 bus.
Fig. 26 – Image 5; a very good view from the top deck of the Number 53 bus.

Additionally, it must be noted that while most people seem to pull cameras only after the shootout, there are plenty of other people visible in footage who are clearly holding cameras and yet their images are not accounted for. One is a camera man who should have captured an unbroken record of events, and yet his material has never surfaced. However, this is subject matter for the second volume. 

The list here in this chapter of photos and video imagery comprises all the visual evidence available to us of the incident. Corporate-media has used stills taken from the footage, but these don’t count as additional material – they aren’t independently captured images. So, remarkably, there are only 8 pieces of video footage, and 6 photographs that capture the Woolwich incident and are of any real use. Having said that, none of the material shows Lee Rigby being attacked with blades – not one item, although we know that footage of it should exist because we know cameras were in place to have captured it.

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[1] https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL0WSzblIZnhKQTRvFdOndg

[2] http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/woolwich-attack-new-video-shows-1908027

[3] http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=245977&page=127