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Putting The C*nt Into Scunthorpe!

10 July 2003

The Radiocommunications Agency has successfully prosecuted a Scunthorpe man for unlicensed use of radio contrary to the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949.

Mark Johnson, aged 31, of Fox Street, Scunthorpe, admitted transmitting without a licence on Citizens' Band radio when he appeared before Scunthorpe Magistrates' Court on 3 July 2003.

He was fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £110.

Radiocommunications Agency officers monitored broadcasting in the Scunthorpe area and traced unauthorised signals to premises in Fox Street. They obtained a search warrant and entered the premises on 14 March 2003 and seized several items of radio apparatus. The Court has ordered that these items should now be forfeited to the Radiocommunications Agency.

"Non-Compliant" CBer

21 January 2003

A CB operator from Chesterton was on Wednesday 15th January given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150 costs after pleading guilty to five summonses at Newcastle under Lyme Magistrates' Court.

Paul Andrew Mayer (33) of Red Lion Square, Chesterton, Newcastle under Lyme pleaded guilty to summonses brought against him under Wireless Telegraphy Acts relating to the unlicensed use of illegal CB radio equipment during July 2002.

Officers from Radiocommunications Agency traced unlicensed transmissions to the defendant's address. A search warrant granted by Newcastle under Lyme Masgistrates' Court was executed and illegal equipment was seized by the officers. The court ordered that the non-compliant equipment seized be forfeited

Got Away with £50 costs, RESULT!

11.06.2002

A multi agency road check carried out near Bath on 28 February this year has resulted in the prosecution of a man from Bath. When interviewed by officers of the Radiocommunications Agency, Mark Ruddick of Larch Court, Radstock admitted using the CB set in his vehicle without a valid licence.

Mr Ruddick (36) appeared at Bath Magistrates Court last Thursday (6 June). He pleaded guilty to two offences contrary to Section 1(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. The court sentenced him to a conditional discharge of six months. He was also ordered to pay £50 costs.

Under Section 1(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 it is an offence to install or operate a wireless telegraphy station without an appropriate licence.

Big Bristols

18.06.2002

Multi Agency enforcement checks carried out in Bristol have resulted in prosecutions of two local men for using CB radio equipment without licences.

Christopher Hill (37) of Kenn Road, Clevedon, Somerset, admitted installing and using a CB radio without a licence to officers of the Radiocommunications Agency (RA) during a roadside check at Tormaton near Bristol on 28 February this year. He appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court last Friday (14 June) and pleaded guilty to two offences contrary to Section 1(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. He was fined £40 for each of the offences and was ordered to pay £70 costs.

Asif Hussain (24) of St Nicholas Road, St Pauls, Bristol, admitted installing and using CB radio without a licence when interviewed by RA officers on 24 April this year at a multi Agency check at Bristol Temple Meads railway station. He also appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court last Friday (14 June) and pleaded guilty to two offences contrary to Section 1(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. He was fined £30 for each of the offences and was ordered to pay £50 costs.

Well done Maggie!

22.01.2002

A Lincolnshire woman pleaded guilty on Friday, 11 January to unlicensed use of a Citizens' Band Transceiver, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949

Sandra Margaret Lambert, aged 45, of Meadow Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, admitted using a Citizens' Band Transceiver modified for the use with an amplifier which was likely to cause interference.

The prosecution was brought by the Radiocommunications Agency, following monitoring in the Lincoln area by technical staff. On 6 November 2001, officers accompanied by police executed a search warrant at Mrs Lambert's home and seized the equipment she was using.

Mrs Lambert, who was convicted of a similar offence in February 2001, was fined £300 and ordered to pay £200 costs. She was further ordered to forfeit the seized equipment. The magistrates warned Mrs Lambert that if there was a third conviction the court would take a much more serious view of the matter.

TVI giveaway!

27.11.2001

Kenneth Rowsell (58) from Somerset who used illegal CB radio equipment was caught after his transmissions interfered with domestic televisions and other CB users.

On 8 March Radiocommunications Agency officers executed a search warrant at Mr Rowsell's home in Chilworthy, Chard. Mr Rowsell was found to have installed illegal CB radio equipment in his home and have other such equipment in his possession. Radiocommunications Agency officers had been alerted to the offence by complaints from legal CB users and people whose TV signals had been affected by the transmissions.

Mr Rowsell appeared at Yeovil Magistrates Court last Friday (23 November 2001) and was summonsed with 3 offences contrary to Section 7 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1967 of possessing illegal CB equipment. He was summonsed with one offence of unlicensed used contrary to Section 1 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. He pleaded guilty to all four charges. In addition, 31 charges previously unknown to the court were taken into consideration. Mr Rowsell was fined a total of £250 and was ordered to pay £50 costs. The court ordered that all illegal equipment was to be forfeit.

Radio Taken Into Custody!!

3 August 2000

Teresa Garrod, 40, of Beam Avenue, Dagenham, Essex has been convicted of using a citizens band (CB) transceiver without a licence, thereby breaching section 1 (1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 as amended by the broadcasting Act 1990.

Following complaints made by the British Citizens Band Confederation, the national Organisation which represents radio users, on 23rd March 2000, Radiocommunications Agency staff obtained a search warrant for Mrs Garrods premises in Beam Avenue. They attempted to enter the house, but were denied entry by Mrs Garrod. Dagenham police were contacted, and shortly after their arrival, access to the house was gained. A CB transceiver, installed and ready for use, was found by the Agency staff.

Mrs Garrod was subsequently interviewed and admitted that she had installed the transmitter and used it on two separate occasions without a current CB licence. The apparatus was disconnected and taken into custody.

Barking and Dagenham magistrates court fined Mrs Garrod £50 and she was ordered to pay £50 costs, after she pleaded guilty to the charge. The CB transmitter was forfeited by the Court.

Road Stop!

2 May 2000

Three men were prosecuted yesterday for having CB equipment available for use without a licence, following a road stop on the M4 at Swindon.

The road stop by Radiocommunications Agency officers in January this year found each of the men in possession of CB radios available for use without a licence. At their hearing at Swindon Magistrates Court yesterday they were each ordered to pay a £50 fine and £45 costs. All three pleaded guilty to the charge of having the equipment available for use and were each given credit for pleading guilty at the first available opportunity.

Among the offenders was Paul Cushing (41) of Welton Grove, Midsomer Norton near Bath. The other men were Peter Bromage of Milton Keynes and William Flynn of Newbury, Berkshire.

The road stop took place at the Plough Hill Depot at Junction 15 of the M4 on 20January.

"Friendly" CB-ers call in The RIS!

A Swindon man was convicted yesterday for using a CB radio and other apparatus without a licence, following a petition of complaint from the local CB community.

A search carried out at his home in response to the petition, by Radiocommunications Agency officers on 22 March this year, found Victor Albert Baker, from Downton Road, Penhill, was in possession of illegal CB radio equipment.

Swindon Magistrates heard yesterday how Mr. Baker's use of a power amplifier with a CB radio had made the radiated power level 33 times greater than that permitted by a CB licence, taking him outside the terms and conditions of a licence. The 52 year old man, who used the call sign Gunsmoke, pleaded guilty to unlicensed use of a CB, contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, on three dates in March 1999. He also pleaded guilty to having three kinds of illegal CB transceivers contrary to Section 7 of the Act. He was fined a total of £2,000 plus £1,000 costs. All his equipment, including seven CB transceivers, was forfeited. 

The court heard that Mr. Baker was previously convicted by Swindon magistrates in August 1991, when he had equipment forfeited for similar offences. In May 1997 he handed over unlicenseable CB transceivers and was also given a warning letter.

Anyone order a curry?

2 May 2000

A second Teesside taxi driver has appeared in court for illegal possession of a CB (Citizens' Band) radio following a joint campaign by Radiocommunications Agency officers, local authority hackney carriage licensing officers and police. Ahnzik Haider, aged 20, of Beaumont Road, North Ormesby, Teesside, appeared before Teesside Magistrates on April 20. He pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing a CB set which is illegal for use in the UK. A second charge of using a CB radio without a licence, which he denied, was dismissed.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £30 costs and to forfeit the CB radio equipment. The case arose out of an operation last October when Radiocommunications Agency officers, local authority hackney carriage licensing officers and police targeted taxi ranks in the Stockton area.

A little Pant in the Country?

16 June 1999

David Ganner of Sherburn Rd, Penwortham, Preston was convicted on 14 June for the unlicensed use of Citizens' Band radio apparatus, contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at Preston magistrates Court and was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £50.
The prosecution was brought by the Radiocommunications Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department of Trade and Industry which is responsible for enforcing wireless telegraphy legislation in the UK.
Mr. Ganner, aged 31, broadcast under the call sign of 26DT1045 in the Penwortham area of Preston.
A Radiocommunications Agency official visited the area in January this year following complaints of interference. Monitoring of citizens band frequencies revealed a strong transmission of a type not allowed on these frequencies. A further visit the following day traced the source of the transmission to Mr. Ganner's home address.
Officers of the Agency visited the premises later in the month after obtaining a search warrant and were shown a citizens' band radio installation located in the pantry.
The equipment was seized and on subsequent checking with the Citizens' Band Licence centre, no licence was found for the address.

Not A Super Star!

A Leicester man pleaded guilty to using illegal CB radio equipment that was so powerful, it had the capacity to send signals to Australia.

Phillip Alan Aspray, 36 of Bishopdale Road, Leicester, was fined £75 for not having a CB licence and £50 for using illegal equipment known as 'Superstar2000'.
The prosecutions were brought by the Radiocommunications Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department of Trade and Industry.

In November 1999, Radiocommunications Agency officers monitored the defendant transmitting on a power in excess of that normally permitted and of a type that would not be possible using approved CB equipment.

Mr Asprey was visited on 17 November 1999 and openly admitted using illegal equipment and not having a CB licence. The equipment was ordered to be forfeit by the court.
The court took account of the defendantís financial situation when ordering the fines.

Mr (Barmy) Barry Maxwell, Director for the Radiocommunications Agency said, "The CB radio service is designed to allow short-range radio communications by using approved equipment holding a licence. The equipment seized is banned in this country and can seriously interfere with other CB radio users."

Del Boy Sentenced for Obstruction

A man from Poole was sentenced yesterday to 12 months' conditional discharge by Poole Magistrates for obstructing a Radiocommunications Agency officer who had come to search his home for restricted CB radio equipment, and for using that equipment illegally.

Derek Harry Threadgold (41), who broadcast over the Bournemouth area using the call sign 'Del Boy', was also sentenced to 150 hours community service for using the illegal equipment and ordered to pay £200 costs. All his equipment was forfeited. He was conditionally discharged for 12 months on the charges of care and control of the illegal equipment, and the obstruction charge. The search took place at Mr Threadgold's home in *Rossiter Rd, Poole, on 15 December 1998 following complaints by other CB users. As a result of the search, Mr Threadgold appeared in court on 11 June 1999 charged with 6 offences contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. He pleaded guilty to these charges. He was also charged with obstruction of an officer to which he pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty.
At Mr Threadgold's hearing on 11 June a previous conviction by the Crown Prosecution Service was cited. His appearance before Poole Magistrates again yesterday was for sentencing.
(*This is from the press release, but the correct address is Rossmore Road)

Pensioner fined £300!

April 2000

The Radiocommunications Agency successfully prosecuted a Wetherby man for installing and using illegal CB radio equipment contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949.

Peter McLean, aged 65, of Third Avenue, Wetherby, pleaded guilty to both charges when he appeared before Wetherby Magistrates' on 12 April. He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £300 costs. He was also ordered to forfeit all his equipment. After reports to the Radiocommunications Agency Licensing Centre of interference to local TV users, technical staff from the Radiocommunications Agency searched Mr McLean's home on 12 December 1999 and seized Mr McLean's CB set.

Weston Super Mare

17th September 1999

A man from Weston-super-Mare, who used a CB radio to broadcast illegally as he drove 120 miles along the motorway, has been fined £500 and ordered to pay £250 costs.

Peter Kenneth Joll (53) was monitored on the M4 and M5 motorways on 6 July this year by Radiocommunications Agency officers, who found him broadcasting without a licence using the call sign Jolly Roger 1527.

Mr Joll, of Thirlmere in Weston-super-Mare, who broadcast to South Wales, the former Avon area and Somerset, pleaded guilty at his hearing last Friday (17 September). Weston-super-Mare magistrates sitting at Flax Bourton gave him credit for his early guilty plea. As well as the fines and costs, Mr Joll was ordered to forfeit a radio transceiver valued at £650 and an aerial.

Philip De Cadenet

23 August 1999

A Bletchley man has been prosecuted on three charges of possessing and selling illegal Citizens Band radio and cordless telephone equipment contrary to the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 1967 and 1949.

Philip De Cadenet. of Napier Street, Bletchley, appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court on the 20 August after a prosecution was brought by the Radiocommunications Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, which is responsible for enforcing wireless telegraphy legislation in the UK. Mr De Cadenet was sentenced to 120 hours for each of the three offences, to run concurrently.

The prosecution followed Mr De Cadenet being observed offering a prohibited "Ham International Jumbo" CB radio transceiver for sale on a stall at a radio amateurs rally at Donnington Park International Exhibition Centre last September. The equipment was seized.

Investigations also revealed that Mr De Cadenet had in his possession, and was offering to sell, Superfone CT 505 cordless telephones between 18 October 1998 and 16 February 1999. Use of these telephones is prohibited in the UK because they operate on unapproved frequencies and at high power levels and can cause interference to legitimate radio users. On 16 February 1999, Radiocommunications Agency officers, accompanied by the police, visited Mr De Cadenet's home/business address at Napier Street, Bletchley, and found Mr De Cadenet with the illegal cordless telephone equipment. The items were seized.

Mr De Cadenet's previous conviction for cordless telephone offences was read out in court.

Someone with the same name keeps posting messages to the uk.amateur.radio news group, and promotes auctions on Ebay for radio transmitting equipment that it is an offence to even own in the UK. We are not suggesting that it is one and the same man, there might well be 2 Philip De Cadenets in Bletchley that deal in illegal radio equipment for all we know.

Silly Fakir

[The use of the term "Silly Fakir" has nothing whatsoever to do with Philip De Cadenet, see above, and we apologise for any confusion caused]

Fakir Mohamed of Brunel Walk in Blackburn was, on June 8 1999, convicted for the unlicensed use of Citizensí Band radio apparatus, contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949.

Mr. Momoniat pleaded guilty to the offence. He was fined £100. Ordered to pay £100 costs, and ordered to forfeit a high power transmitter and other equipment which had been seized.

A Radiocommunications Agency official visited the Audley area following complaints of interference. Monitoring of a frequency of 27.555MHz revealed its source to be Mr. Momoniatís home address where the official observed a large four element beam antenna which is not allowed for CB use in this country.

A search warrant for the premises was executed four days later and officers found a high power transmitter, normally used by radio amateurs but in this case being used as a CB transceiver.
(NOTE the discrepancy with the name is reproduced as in the original press release)

Veteran CB-er fined £650!

February 2000

After reports to the Radiocommunications Agency Licensing Centre of interference to local TV users, technical staff from the
Radiocommunications Agency searched a house in Hull on the 9th of November 1999 and discovered that a man had been transmitting to the Orchard Park Estate area on 26.7MHz. His two CB sets were immediately seized. The RA successfully prosecuted him for installing and using an Emperor Transceiver contrary to Section 1(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, and a Harrier CBX Transceiver, possession of which is restricted.
The 64-year-old man had used the call sign 26 Echo Yankee 24 on his transmissions. He admitted all charges when he appeared before Hull Magistrates' Court on the 9th of February, was fined £150 and ordered to pay £500 costs. He was also ordered to forfeit all his equipment.

Conditional Discharge, No Fine!

A taxi driver appeared before Teesside Magistrates' Court today (March 16) following a joint campaign by Radiocommunications Agency officers, the local authority hackney carriage licensing officers and police. 

The campaign was aimed at catching taxi drivers  who were illegally using CB (Citizens Band) radios within Stockton-on-Tees last October. As a result, Paul Tooke (41) of Rostrevor Avenue, Stockton, was charged with using a CB radio without a licence, installing a CB radio without a licence and possessing a CB set which is illegal for use in the UK.

Tooke, who is now unemployed, pleaded guilty. He received a 12 month conditional discharge for each offence and ordered to forfeit the equipment.

Time To Put A "Holt" To It!

ILLEGAL HALIFAX CB USER CONVICTED

The R.A. successfully prosecuted Gordon John Holt of Rooley Heights, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, for unlicensed use of a CB, contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949.

Mr. Holt aged 33 pleaded guilty to operating without a licence and also to possessing an illegal citizensí band transceiver, contrary to Section 7 of the  Wireless Telegraphy Act 1967, at a hearing at Halifax Magistratesí Court on June 21. He was ordered to do 60 hours community service, pay £50 costs and forfeit all equipment.

Radiocommunications Agency officials monitored the Sowerby Bridge area after complaints from residents of TV interference. They traced the illegal transmissions to premises in Rooley Heights.

They obtained a search warrant and found a Citizensí Band radio in the loft of Mr. Holtís house. The equipment was seized.

For a similar offence Mr. Holt was fined £200, and ordered to pay £50 costs and forfeit his equipment by Halifax magistrates on 11 December 1998.

....someone Order a Curry?

On June 24, ten taxi drivers were fined a total of £2,500 for illegally using CB radio apparatus. They were brought before magistrates in Bradford following a campaign by the radio Radiocommunications Agency and other Government agencies.

Each driver was convicted of unlicensed use of CB apparatus contrary to section 1(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, and each was fined £250. The drivers were each ordered to pay £100 costs, and their equipment forfeited.

The drivers were: Mr. R Hussain, Great Horton Rd., Bradford; Mr. S Hadir, Chislehurst Place, Bradford; Mr. M Khan, Jesmond Grove, Bradford; Mr. S Khan, Gladstone St., Bradford; Mr. N Lad, Waverley Place, Bradford; Mr. B Ali, Rylstone Gdns., Bradford; Mr. A Amin, Whetley Hill, Bradford; Mr. S Hussain, Frensham Drive, Bradford; Mr. J Gupta, Holly Bank Rd., Bradford; Mr. M Younis, Swinton Place., Bradford.

Wigan Man Convicted

Jason Green, 31, of Medway Walk in Wigan has been convicted at Wigan Magistrates' Court on 11 October 2001, of illegal CB radio broadcasting. He received a £100 fine and was ordered to pay £100 costs. Mr Green pleaded guilty to two charges under Section 1 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, and was also ordered to forfeit all equipment seized from his home address.

In April this year Radiocommunications Agency Officers established a mobile monitoring station in the Medway Walk area following complaints from citizen band users with respect to unlicensed use of CB radio. Using portable direction finding equipment, the transmissions were traced to Mr Green's home address and checks made on the licensing database showed no valid citizens band radio licence for this address.
Agency officers accompanied by police officers subsequently executed a search warrant for the premises and the CB equipment was seized.

 
 
      "Wicked" Willy Bodwen ex Sgt. 3116 (forced to retire & not a laughing policeman!)

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