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Thursday, 19 October 2017

TV Licensing Continues Harassment of Proven Innocent Opponent

The following is a TV Licensing Blog guest post:

I would like to thank the TV Licensing Blog for giving me a platform to inform people of the continual harassment I suffer at the hands of the BBC since taking perfectly legal steps to avoid paying their extortionate and unfair TV licence fee.

In 2006 I discovered that a growing number of people were ditching, or more commonly disabling, their TV receivers in an effort to stop receiving "live" TV broadcasts. As the law stood at the time, anyone who did this did not legally require a TV licence and would not have to subsidise the sordid operation of the BBC.

I wrote to the BBC informing them that my "system" was now "disabled" and that I was no longer under any legal obligation to purchase a TV licence. I can safely say, they were not happy with this news at all.

Almost immediately the nation’s beloved national broadcaster set into motion a regime of harassment and intimidation that still continues to this day. Regular readers of the TV Licensing Blog will be aware of the history of this regime against me.

Michael Shakespeare: An innocent man who TV Licensing tried to criminalise.

After many years of monthly threatograms and regular doorstep harassment, I found myself in court facing criminal charges. This was the result of a visit by BBC TV Licensing "Enforcement Officer", Mr Ian Doyle. At the time Doyle was a senior Area Manager in the mythical "London and Essex Enforcement Division". You can read about Doyle's more recent exploits here.

This was an unscheduled visit, with Doyle arriving totally unexpected on my doorstep. He requested access to my property with the intention of examining any equipment that might be able to receive a "live" TV broadcast. I had no legal obligation to allow him entry, but did so in the mistaken belief that BBC TV Licensing would finally accept that my address was not receiving "live" TV broadcasts.

After a thorough examination of my equipment, including my personal computer, Doyle could not find evidence of the reception ANY "live" TV broadcasts of ANY kind. Even so, BBC TV Licensing managed to cobble together enough dubious evidence to have me charged with TV licence evasion.

Not wishing to go over old ground, but case against me was eventually thrown out by a Crown Court Appeal. The Judge ruled that video evidence presented by Capita Business Services, prosecuting on behalf of BBC TV Licensing, was wholly unreliable and inconsistent with the testimony of its own lead witness, Ian Doyle.

Capita TV Licensing's Ian Doyle, of recent Daily Mail stardom.

After winning this case I was expecting an end to BBC TV Licensing's campaign of harassment against me. Sadly, despite having been cleared of any wrongdoing, the threats and intimidation have continued virtually unabated.

On 9th October 2017 at approximately 7.45pm my dog alerted me to the fact that two BBC TV Licensing goons, again employed by Capita, had encroached on my property. I don’t usually open the door to them, but on this occasion, in exasperation, I decided to film the doorstepping duo. In events extremely similar to Doyle's earlier inspection visit I preceded to video the encounter.

I was extremely tempted to allow the two Goons, who had identified themselves only as Kyle, and Graham, entry into my property in order to establish that my equipment STILL could not receive "live" TV broadcasts. I decided against allowing them entry when goon Kyle appeared to lie about his lack of knowledge about Doyle's earlier visit.

Kyle was extremely reluctant to tell me, when questioned, that he was acting on behalf of the BBC, which employs Capita to perform these TV Licensing visits.

I must admit to being extremely worried that by refusing these two goons entry I will find myself back in court on the basis of lies and highly questionable evidence.

One thing is sure, the BBC will not stop this harassment and intimidation until I purchase one of its TV licences, even though I'm under no legal obligation to do so. The BBC refuses to accept the status of any property that is legally-licence-free.

TV Licensing Blog comment: We are grateful to Michael Shakespeare for providing this article. Please see our earlier article for full details of how TV Licensing tried to criminalise an innocent man who refused to submit to its coercive tactics.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

TV Licensing Targets Vulnerable Welsh Polish Family

This case is truly appalling. It shows TV Licensing exactly for what it is - an opportunist, money-grabbing shyster without an ounce of compassion.

Mr Andrzej and Mrs Tekla (these are their first names, not family names) live on the outskirts of Newport, South Wales with their two children. Mr Andrzej is a hardworking electrician, who brings home a modest £400 a week to care for his family. Mrs Tekla, who speaks virtually no English, stays at home to look after the couple's grown up son Mateusz, 23, who is bed bound with cerebral palsy.

Towards the end of April 2017 TV Licensing paid a visit to the unlicensed property. Mrs Tekla answered a knock at the door to find a TV Licensing goon stood on the doorstep.

The family TV set: Used as a CCTV monitor.

It should have been very apparent to the goon that Mrs Tekla spoke very little English, but he continued to fire questions at her anyway. He managed to establish that the family had a TV set, which it does, but failed to record the fact that it is only used as a CCTV monitor to keep an eye on Mateusz upstairs. With his clearly bigoted view that TV + no licence = evader, the goon completed the TVL178 Record of Interview in a manner that incriminated Mrs Tekla. Mrs Tekla tells us that she did not allow the TV Licensing goon access to the family home, so it therefore follows that she is being prosecuted entirely on the basis of her own confused, broken English comments.

She received a Single Justice Procedure Notice in the post, but given the circumstances returned a not guilty plea. The trial is now set for 25th October 2017 at Gwent & South Wales Magistrates' Court in Newport. It must be stressed that Mrs Tekla has needed considerable help to deal with the court paperwork, given her poor knowledge of English.

TV Licensing can't pretend there is any public interest in pursuing this prosecution: Mrs Tekla, who maintains her innocence, speaks barely any English; she didn't understand the goon's questions; she cares for her vulnerable, disabled son.

We have given enough information for TV Licensing to identify the case in question and would urge it to do the right thing and withdraw these charges now.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

TV Licensing Picks the Wrong Harassment Target

Not for the first time, TV Licensing has made a monumental error of judgement.

About a week ago, in the Essex town of Grays, a pair of TV Licensing vultures were riding the thermals on the hunt for an unemployed, prosthetic leg wearing, single mother to gorge upon. Sadly for them the next door they came across was actually that of TV Licensing nemesis Michael Shakespeare.

Michael Shakespeare, for those who don't already know, has a very interesting back history with TV Licensing. He does not legally require a TV licence and he does not suffer the fools at TV Licensing gladly. It would be entirely fair to say that Michael made an enemy of TV Licensing, which sank into the gutter in an effort to "get its man". You can read the full story, warts and all, in our earlier article.

The latest TV Licensing visitors to Michael's home identified themselves as Kyle and Graham. Video footage shows that Kyle, the more verbose of the pair, has a pre-existing injury to the bridge of his nose. Kyle stated that the purpose of the visit was to confirm a No Licence Needed declaration on the property, which is bizarre because no such declaration had been made.

Kyle also claimed that he didn't know anything about Michael's history with TV Licensing and that he didn't know Ian Doyle. He didn't seem to know that much really, which is strange given his apparent status as an Area Manager.

Graham just stood there passively observing the conversation between Kyle and Michael.

Michael calmly explained that TV Licensing had previously been inside the property to confirm that no licence was needed. Kyle said that the previous, non-existent claim had expired because it was made more than two years ago.

The whole interaction, with both sides tentatively stepping around each other, was bizarre in the extreme.

We'll be keeping a very close eye on how this one develops. The second TV Licensing tries any of its underhand funny business, we'll be the first to broadcast the fact.

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