Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pirate radio clampdown in Hackney, London

Hackney Homes is clamping down on illegal radio stations across the borough; with 29 pirate radio masts and transmitters removed from estates in the last year.

In partnership with communications regulator Ofcom, the Anti-social behaviour and Estate Safety team recently dismantled a pirate radio mast from a rooftop on Summit Estate, Upper Clapton. Following reports from residents, the team identified the illegal mast and cables which were situated on top of the chimney and down the air vents of the block.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Philip Glanville, said: “Surprisingly this type of activity is still quite common and can have an impact on the lives of our residents. We will continue to take a ‘zero tolerance approach’ against illegal pirate radio operators by prosecuting those individuals found guilty of this criminal offence.”

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