Housing association leads pirate radio crackdown
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
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A housing association has obtained an injunction with power of arrest against a prolific pirate radio aerial fitter.
Working with Ofcom and the police, Poplar HARCA acted after Mr Philip (AKA DJ Fatal) installed pirate broadcasting equipment on the roofs of tower blocks in London's Tower Hamlets.
The aerials interfere with tenants’ TV reception, the DLR train service and, most seriously, emergency services’ radio frequencies and air traffic control.
Granted by Shoreditch and Clerkenwell Court, the two-year injunction orders Mr Philip not to enter Poplar HARCA’s high-rise blocks and not to install equipment in any block across the whole of the borough.
If found fitting equipment, he can be arrested and returned to court for a breach of injunction which could result in a custodial sentence.
Poplar HARCA’s head of ASB, Jamie Lock, said: "What for some is just an entertaining listen on the radio puts lives at risk. This equipment interferes with the legitimate use of radio frequencies, and we are pleased that the Court has taken seriously our concerns and issued this Order with power of arrest.
“Putting the case together was the result of a lot of hard work in partnership with the Police and Ofcom to whom we owe our thanks for their support."
An Ofcom spokesperson said: "Illegal broadcasting is a criminal and anti-social activity and pirate stations are a menace to legitimate broadcasters and the public alike.”
“Ofcom works closely with the police and local authorities to ensure that illegal broadcasters are taken off air. This is an effective way of using both criminal and civil law to tackle this criminal activity effectively, to help local communities."