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Mystery of break-in at TV offices

Issue No. 1852

EVIDENCE OF a sinister smear campaign against anti-war MP George Galloway is mounting following a mysterious break in at the office of an independent TV production company he is associated with. Files, videos and computer hard drives were removed from AVL Media in Kilmarnock on the very day the Daily Telegraph published its outlandish claims about Galloway.

Eyewitnesses say they saw two police officers taking the equipment on Tuesday 22 April. The two men, one in police uniform, said they were taking it 'for safekeeping'. One month later and Ron McKay, director of AVL Media, has had no response from the police about where his property is.

'We were away in France over Easter and did not return until the end of the week,' Ron McKay told Socialist Worker. 'My wife went to the premises on Seaford Street on the Friday and discovered that one of the offices had been broken into. She reported it to Kilmarnock police station. Two officers went with her to the building and were surprised to hear from a neighbour that other police officers had removed equipment three days beforehand.'

The neighbouring office in the building is rented by a community advocacy project. The two respected voluntary sector workers there heard noises from next door and discovered the uniformed and plainclothes police officers.

On the same day the two women advice workers received a call from the London Evening Standard asking 'whether George Galloway owned the office next door'. He doesn't.

Ron McKay has written to Kilmarnock police's chief superintendent asking: 'Did your officers force entry into the building? Did they have a warrant - and if so, what were the grounds? If they did enter the building, where is the equipment they took away?'

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Sat 24 May 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1852
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