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North Coast Radio


North Coast Radio

Liverpool Echo, Thursday May 2nd 1991

Pirate Richie C is in the dock.

OFFICERS from the Radio Investigation Service raided a Merseyside flat where a radio station was operating illegally. The raid came after they had monitored the illegal transmission, a court was told.

"Richie 'C'", 21, of Birkenhead, admitted using apparatus for wireless telegraphy when not licensed, Christine Bradley, prosecuting, said he told the officers he had set up the station, North Coast Radio, in March last year. He and a few friends ran it and he used the pseudonym Ritchie C. The station was transmitting on the medium wave and the FM band.

The officers who raided the flat in . Birkenhead, confiscated equipment which was being used and the transmissions ceased, Debra Gould defending said the defendant did not gain any profit out of the station which gave enjoyment to listeners and helped raise cash for local organisations.

The magistrates decided that all the equipment seized, which included a transmitter and record and cassette decks, be forfeited. "Richie 'C'" was conditionally discharged for 2 months on payment of 50 Pounds costs.

Liverpool Echo, Thursday May 2nd 1991


Liverpool Daily Post, Thursday May 2nd 1991

Pirate DJ 'takes rap'

OFFICERS from the Radio Investigation Service raided a flat at Birkenhead after monitoring illegal transmissions, Wirral magistrates heard yesterday. ."Richie 'C'", commented:"1'll take all the rap, said Christine Bradley, prosecuting." "Richie", 21 of Birkenhead admitted using apparatus for wireless telegraphy when not licensed. Miss Bradley said. the defendant told the officers he had set up the station North Coast Radio in March last year. He and a few friends ran it and he used the pseudonym "Ritchie 'C'. He said the tenant of the flat had given permission for it to be used.

The station was transmitting on the medium wave and the FM band. The officers confiscated equipment which ' was being used and the transmissions ceased Debra Gould defending, said he did not gain any profit out of the station which gave enjoyment to listeners and helped raise cash for local organisations. The station did not encroach on emergency services or legitimate stations.

"Richie" was a. skilled operator who had an enormous interest in radio. He claimed he did not own the equipment which was being used The magistrates ordered that all the equipment seized. which included a transmitter and record cassette decks, be forfeited.

"Richie C" was conditionally discharged for 12 months and ordered to pay 50 Pounds costs.

Liverpool Daily Post, Thursday May 2nd 1991


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