TV detection evidence

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Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please provide me with evidence as to how many times during 2017 to date, in which the BBC produced tv detector evidence in a court of law in the UK to secure a conviction for watching tv without a licence.

Due to the data protection act I am not requesting names of individuals etc, but the numbers of convictions the BBC secured during 2017.

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

Never is the answer. They use detection as a method of obtaining search warrants. It is evidence uncovered during the search that is then used in any prosecution. The BBC will never use detection as the basis of a prosecution, because doing so would render that evidence (or rather lack thereof) of being open to closer scrutiny. The BBC knows that if that happened the illusion of effective detection would be shattered for ever.

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Dear Tyrone Armatage


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The reference number for your request is RFI201685.


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Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear FOI Enquiries,
Thank you for the response and providing me with the link which reads...


Some would argue that people are wakening to your corruption and lies.

Yours sincerely,

Tyrone Armatage

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

TV Licensing will never use detection evidence in open court: If it did so, then that evidence would be open to very close defence scrutiny - scrutiny it would not withstand.
At the moment TV Licensing wheels out its uncorroborated detection magic to Magistrates, behind closed doors, when applying for search warrants. We are aware of cases where TV Licensing claims to have detected TV sets working in empty properties. That really is magic!