TV Licensing botched search warrant goon (please contact us if you know who he is).
If a picture paints a thousand words then video footage must paint a million. Words of TV Licensing's embarrassment are being painted today, with the publication of another YouTube video showing in cringe worthy detail the incompetence of two TV Licensing employees.
The BBC is the statutory Licensing Authority, which is ultimately responsible for all aspects of TV licence administration and enforcement. TV Licensing is a trading name used by the companies contracted to undertake TV licence work on behalf of the BBC. The TV Licensing operations contract is held by a company called Capita Business Services, who employ the muppets executing the search warrant in this video. The BBC go to great lengths to distance themselves from the TV Licensing brand name, because they know and condone the despicable enforcement techniques their contractors employ.
Two TV Licensing employees are accompanied by two police officers as they execute this warrant under s.366 of the Communications Act 2003. To get that warrant a representative of Capita had to make a deposition, on oath, to the effect that they had reasonable grounds to suspect the occupier was illegally watching or recording live TV programmes without a licence.
As I am confident Capita and the BBC will read this, I will confirm the authenticity of the article by saying that the botched raid happened today in East Yorkshire.
As the search unfolds it quickly becomes apparent that neither of the TV Licensing employees, who spend several minutes testing equipment in the lounge and upstairs bedroom, find any evidence at all of unlicensed TV use. No broadcast image (or frozen image, in case TV Licensing try to superimpose one later on) is seen on either TV screen, despite the frantic button pressing of the uninvited visitors. When directly challenged with "are you receiving a signal on this television" the sunken-eyed TV Licensing vermin replies "not as yet". At least one police officer was with the occupier at all times during the unfruitful search, which should hopefully be reflected in their notes of the event.
After about five minutes of finding nothing the TV Licensing vermin recoiled like slugs to salt. They skulked out of the house back into the sewers with the occupier taunting their legal impotence and failed search attempts. He also withdraws their implied right of access to his property and reminds them that future intrusions onto his property would constitute harassment.
I wonder what half-truths TV Licensing told to get a Magistrate to authorise that search? Did they claim to have detected a "possible broadcast with a confidence factor of 97%" with one of their kiddies' kaleidoscopes?
One thing's for sure - their evidence was obviously a complete and utter crock of shit!