Interesting. First it says 'men' were arrested, but this is later amended to 'teenagers'. They are held, and over 45k stg worth of equipment seized, but an adult, a 25 year old woman, is neither held nor charged. One appreciates that some people in the UK are quite well off, but are we expected to believe that these teenagers had enough independent assets to finance 45k stg worth of hardware?
The equipment is being used to 'relay' broadcast material to a remote transmitter, but the news item does not state the grounds on which the police were led to believe (and could convince the magistrate to issue a warrant) that the transmission was effectively controlled from this address.
Needless to say, it also does not specify which other stations suffered 'interference' as a result of this illegal broadcast.
>From: George Lessard <mediamentor@
>Sent: Sun, 22 November, 2009 7:44:02
>Subject: [creative-radio] Radio pirates are shut down by police [UK]
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>From: radtimes <resist@comcast. net>
>>Subject: [MRN] Radio pirates are shut down by police [UK]
>>Radio pirates are shut down by police
>http://www.newhamre corder.co. uk/content/ newham/recorder/ news/story. aspx?brand= RECOnline& category= newsNEWHAM& tBrand=northlond on24&tCategory= newsnewham& itemid=WeED23% 20Oct%202009% 2011%3A58% 3A18%3A340
>>24 October 2009
>>POLICE officers closed down a pirate radio station operating from Stratford
>>in a joint operation with OFCOM.
>>Two men, aged 16 and 18, were arrested for broadcasting offences under the
>>Wireless and Telecommunications Act and one female aged 25 was cautioned for
>>possession of Class B drugs.
>>Drugs found as cops raid East End pirate radio station
>http://www.eastlond onadvertiser. co..uk/content/ towerhamlets/ advertiser/ news/story. aspx?brand= ELAOnline& category= news&tBrand= northlondon24& tCategory= newsela&itemid= WeED22%20Oct% 202009%2015% 3A12%3A23% 3A987
>>22 October 2009
>>By Mike Brooke
>>TWO teenagers have been arrested after cops busted a pirate radio station in
>>East London where drugs were found.
>>The youths aged 16 and 18 were collared for illegally broadcasting from
>>premises at Leywick Street in West Ham.
>>Officials from Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, went in with the
>>neighbourhood police team after detecting broadcasts being relayed through
>>an illegal transmitter located in Stephens Parade, nearby.
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