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STAGSNET PHOTOGRAPHER EJECTED FROM FIELD MILL
24th January 2007 23:51


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Ejected photographer thanks Stags' fans
21 January 2007

http://www.mansfieldtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=722&ArticleID=1984682

The freelance photographer thrown out of Field Mill for displaying a 'Haslam Out' message on his laptop today thanked the hundreds of fans who sent him messages of support.
Dan Westwell has been charged with a public order offence after being ejected from the ground, arrested and taken to Mansfield Police Station - because there was a photograph of a 'Haslam Out' sign on the screen of his laptop.
His dismissal during Saturday's 2-1 win over Division II leaders Walsall, by both stewards and police, prompted loud chants against Stags' owner Keith Haslam from a large section of the crowd.
Earlier in the day renewed protests against Mr Haslam had begun with signs being erected on roads across the area, a petition being gathered outside the ground and chants for him to quit the football club once the game got underway.
Tonight Dan, who is due to appear in court on Friday and has been threatened with a banning order from football grounds, said: "I was absolutely stunned at what happened . . . as far as I was concerned I was just doing my job as I do every week following Mansfield Town all over the country .
"I still haven't been told why I was ejected from the ground, but if it was because I'd got 'Haslam Out' photos on my laptop, I had taken those the previous night around Junction 29.
"It is my job to cover a 'newsworthy' story around Mansfield. When I got my laptop out, they were on there as I opened up my software to sort out the photos from the Walsall game.
"As I was led out of the ground the 'Haslam Out' chants were deafening and when I looked at the magnificent fans in the West Stand and Quarry Lane end, they were giving me a standing ovation and chanting my name.
" I would also like to thank each and every Mansfield Town supporter for their amazing support and backing that I have been shown since the incident.
"I have had hundreds of emails, text messages, phone calls and also seen several Internet message boards where there are hundreds of people supporting me. I can't thank you all enough for that support."


Photographer arrested over Haslam protest

http://www.mansfieldtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=722&ArticleID=1984590

Freelance photographer Dan Westwell was thrown out of Field Mill today (Saturday) . . . for displaying a 'Haslam Out' message on his laptop.
Dan was pitchside during the Stags' match against Walsall when he was surrounded by stewards and police as the fans' protests surrounding Mansfield Town FC's owner Keith Haslam escalated even further.
He was eventually ordered to pack up his equipment, stop taking photographs and escorted from the ground.
It is believed that the photographer was later charged with a public order offence and is due to appear before Mansfield magistrates on Friday.
His dismissal from the ground after half an hour prompted even louder chants against the club's owner, who had been the target of some supporters from the kick-off.
Earlier in the day new 'Haslam Out' signs appeared on roads throughout the area.
And before kick-off supporters were signing a petition against the owner, organised by new protest group Stags Fans For Change.
After the game the club's new chairman James Derry, unveiled to the press before kick-off, said he hadn't seen the incident, but promised to investigate.

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Photographer Dan Westwell Ejected From Stags
By Stagsonline
Date: 22/1/2007

What looked to be a simple to deal with situation got out of hand resulting in popular local photographer Dan Westwell being escorted from Field Mill at the weekend. Read on....

The freelance photographer thrown out of Field Mill for displaying a 'Haslam Out' message on his laptop today thanked the hundreds of fans who sent him messages of support.

Dan Westwell has been charged with a public order offence after being ejected from the ground, arrested and taken to Mansfield Police Station - because there was a photograph of a 'Haslam Out' sign on the screen of his laptop.

His dismissal during Saturday's 2-1 win over Division II leaders Walsall, by both stewards and police, prompted loud chants against Stags' owner Keith Haslam from a large section of the crowd.

Earlier in the day renewed protests against Mr Haslam had begun with signs being erected on roads across the area, a petition being gathered outside the ground and chants for him to quit the football club once the game got underway.

Tonight Dan, who is due to appear in court on Friday and has been threatened with a banning order from football grounds, said: "I was absolutely stunned at what happened . . . as far as I was concerned I was just doing my job as I do every week following Mansfield Town all over the country."

"I still haven't been told why I was ejected from the ground, but if it was because I'd got 'Haslam Out' photos on my laptop, I had taken those the previous night around Junction 29. It is my job to cover a 'newsworthy' story around Mansfield. When I got my laptop out, they were on there as I opened up my software to sort out the photos from the Walsall game. As I was led out of the ground the 'Haslam Out' chants were deafening and when I looked at the magnificent fans in the West Stand and Quarry Lane end, they were giving me a standing ovation and chanting my name. I would also like to thank each and every Mansfield Town supporter for their amazing support and backing that I have been shown since the incident. I have had hundreds of emails, text messages, phone calls and also seen several Internet message boards where there are hundreds of people supporting me. I can't thank you all enough for that support."

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Dan Westwell ejection
mansfieldtown.net, 22Jan2007

Mansfield Town FC can confirm the events leading up to freelance photographer Dan Westwell being ejected from the game versus Walsall on Saturday 20 March 2007 as:

During the game Safety Stewards received complaints from Supporters in the Lower West Stand that Mr Westwell had his laptop computer held in such a way they could clearly see the contents of the screen which was displaying a message they found offensive. After radioing the control room a Supervisor was sent to speak to the photographer who was asked to cease taking photographs and leave the premises.

Mr Westwell refused to leave quietly and police were in attendance to assist with the ejection from the ground if they were required.

Whilst leaving the ground Mr Westwell was seen by the police to make a hand gesture (contravening Section 5 of the public order act) towards Mansfield Town FC Chief Executive Keith Haslam in the directors box, leaving the Police no other option than to arrest Mr Westwell for the public order offence before releasing him on unconditional bail to appear in court on Friday.

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Stagsnet, CHAD and Evening Post photographer Dan Westwell was disgracefully ejected from Field Mill during the first half of Saturday's game against Walsall.
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from StagsMAD website:
Photographer Arrested ?
By Editor Sunday 21st January 2007

Amid chaotic scenes at Field Mill, and chanting against owner Keith Haslam, a very popular photographer is escorted from the ground during the game....

Dan Westwell, known to virtually all Stags supporters thanks to his excellent camera work over many years covering the Stags, was escorted from pitch side during the Stags 2-1 win over Walsall.

Dan was led out by a number of stewards and local police for what is being reported as having an 'offending' Haslam Out screen saver on his laptop. Dan was positioned just under the Director's Box at pitch level when the stewards moved in to escort him out.

Dan in recent weeks has also captured the mood of Stags supporters, with some excellent pictures of the banners being displayed at various away grounds, and also shots of Mr Haslam himself as he faces the supporters pressure to remove him from office.

Whilst being escorted out yesterday, Dan was clearly seen to gesture with his index finger towards the direction of Mr Haslam, with some reports that he was later arrested for this action.

We at StagsMAD have worked closely with Dan before and offer him our full support in whatever action is now coming his way.

This could prove to be a massive own goal by the club given Dan's popularity amongst the Stags faithfull.
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