Before i go into detail about this investigation i need to make it known that we had conducted this because of the outright arrogance and lies of a TV licensing ‘officer’ who came to our office. We are NOT encouraging anyone to stop paying their TV license. Failure to pay your TV license could possibly lead to prosecution.
TV Licensing Officer Visit
Well their we were minding our own business and having a briefing about our next case when there was an almighty bang on the office door, mick our senior investigator and former police officer went to the door and opened it. Upon opening the door he was greeted by a TV licensing officer thrusting an ID card into mick’s face.
Due to us having cctv in our office we were able to hear exactly what was said.
A = TV Licensing Officer
A: Afternoon sir my name is ***** *******, im a TV Licensing officer and ive called today as there is no TV license registered to this address, do you have a TV sir?
M: yes i do i have sony bravia on the wall there, nice isn’t it?
A: yeah very nice, you do know its a criminal offense not to have a television license for your TV don’t you?
M: no [mick lights up a cigarette]
A: Well it is, can i ask why you don’t have a TV license?
M: umm no you cant!
A: no i cant what?
M: no you cant ask!
A: right, sir i think you should listen to what i have to say, its important you understand as you could face a £1000 fine.
M: ok …do you want a cup of tea?
A: no im fine thanks.
M: go on sorry you were saying…….
A: It’s against the law to watch or record TV programmes as they’re being shown on TV without a valid license, you could face a fine and prosecution in court.
M: right whats that got to do with me though?
A: well sir you have told me that you have a TV but no license therefor you are committing a criminal offense!
M: am i? How ?
A: ive just told you how! You dont have a license!
M: i dont need a license, you’ve just told me that! , look is it illegal to OWN a TV without a license?
M: what law states its illegal to OWN a tv without a license?
A: sir i dont have time to argue about laws i don’t make them sorry! Sir listen to what I’m about to say because i am giving you a caution.
A GIVES/READS OUT CAUTION
M: who are you cautioning?
M: who am i?
A: i dont know your name you wont tell me!
M: then how do you know who you are cautioning? Your just going around cautioning anyone now are you?
A: im cautioning you sir, would you care to give me your name?
M: yes sure, im the legal occupier.
A: i understand that but i need your name!
M: why would you need that, every letter you have sent to me is addressed to the legal occupier!
A: ok sir im not going down this road today im far to busy.
M: fine i didnt ask you to knock on my door.
9 DAYS LATER
A: hello sir im here to enquire about your TV license.
M: i dont have one, i told the last chap that!
A: ok fair enough, why havent you got a license?
M: ok lets get this straight shall we, i dont need one because it is only a criminal offense to own a TV which you are watching broadcasted programs on, it is NOT an offense to simply OWN a TV without a license, your man lied to me a took me for a fool. This TV is used solely for CCTV and for watching recordings of evidence that we have acquired.
A: but you still need a license sir!
M: ok look 7 days ago i wrote to your HQ and removed your implied rights of access to my property, this means that you are currently trespassing, also, your last officer lied! He wrote on the form that we have a sony bravia tv, that is not true we infact have a luxor tv, your officer signed a declaration to say he has seen our TV and signed an oath
for use in court, he never came in nor did he see the TV so therefor that is a lie!
A: this is silly!
M: no no its not, you are going round telling people its a criminal offense if they own a tv but have no license when in fact its only an offense when that person is watching broadcasted programs!! Further more your officers are cautioning people without even knowing or establishing who that person is! You know and i know that you have NO lawful right to be here, i also am under NO lawful obligation to speak to you or answer your questions! Further to that you can not prosecute me for a number of reasons:
1. You haven’t established who i am!
2. I have removed your implied rights of access, this means you cannot legally or lawfully come to my front door!
3. Because ive removed those implied rights of access you cannot confirm if i have a TV in my home!
M: so if YOU cant come to my door, and you cannot see a TV and you dont know who i am then how on earth could you go to court and claim i have a television which i watch broadcasted programs on?
A: i will get the office to call you, don’t have time for this!
M: no problem see you later
A: oh before i go i will need your name to take you off of the register.
M: my name isnt on any register, its this address, you can refer to me as the legal occupier like you have done for the last 18 years!
A: right ok, ok bye
M: see you in a while crocodile.
Well there you have it, a war of words maybe? TV licensing officers applying pressure and lying to us!
Just to make it clear……. It is NOT a criminal offense to OWN a TV without a license!!!!
Another successful challange!
We have [this week] received a letter addressed to the legal occupier informing us they will contact us in 2 years time to see if we need a license!!
For the record the TV set is ONLY for CCTV and DVD playback.
Whilst we agree this was rather comical we must remember that there is a serious side to this, being lied to and deceived!
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