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Putting The C*nt Into Scunthorpe!
10 July 2003
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.
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.
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.
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
Got Away with £50 costs,
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Three men were prosecuted
yesterday for having CB equipment available for use without a licence,
following a road stop on the M4 at Swindon.
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
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.
stop took place at the Plough Hill Depot at Junction 15 of the M4 on
"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?
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.
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
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
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!
man pleaded guilty to using illegal CB radio equipment that was so
powerful, it had the capacity to send signals to Australia.
Aspray, 36 of Bishopdale Road, Leicester, was fined £75 for not
having a CB licence and £50 for using illegal equipment known as
The prosecutions were brought by the Radiocommunications Agency, an
Executive Agency of the Department of Trade and Industry.
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.
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.
from the press release, but the correct address is Rossmore Road)
Pensioner fined £300!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
[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]
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
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
the discrepancy with the name is reproduced as in the original press
Veteran CB-er fined £650!
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
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
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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.