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Radio Veronica


Liverpool Daily Post Monday 23rd March 1983

Radio Veronica


By Alan Qualtrough

A Wirral pirate radio station went back on the air yesterday,only hours after a police raid. Home office officials and policeconfiscated equipment worth more than 1000 Pounds at the weekendwhen the pirate station Radio Veronica wastraced to a flat in a tower block on Birkenhead's Ford Estate.

But yesterday Woodchurch man "Steven Bishop" andfriend "Mike Campbell" vowed to keep broadcasting."I'll continue until I go to jail if necessary. Even thatwill not stop me",said "Steven" aged 20, a playleader. And with help from friends "Nick Catford" (18)and "Andy Davies", Merseyside Free Radio hit theairwaves with equipment set up in cardboard boxes and transmittedvia aerials hidden in trees.

The station switches location each broadcast to avoiddetection by the authorities and claims reception reaches Wigan,the Isle Of Mann and North Wales. "Today's broadcast is forthe cause of free radio ", said "Andy"."We're campaigning for a licence but it will not be granted.Only the BBC and IBA get one. It's unfair" The group claimthe station is non-profit making and has no advertising."There is so much space on the Medium Wave We do nobody anyharm", added "Andy"

(Liverpool Daily Post 23/05/91)