Angry farmer facing trial after erecting a 15ft sign describing his village as a ‘murderous, lawless, godforsaken place’, charges have dropped
- Carl Powell, 75, put up a billboard on an old grain dryer at his Stone Arrow Farm
- The 15ft sign was visible to residents of the village of Peopleton, near Pershore
- Powell was fined £ 90 earlier this year for signs but refused to pay
- Taken to the Worcester Magistrates’ Court charged with a public offense
- But the charges against him have now fallen to Powell’s relief
A farmer who used a bulletin board to accuse a small village of being a ‘lawless and godforsaken place’ has shared his relief after charges against him were dropped.
After receiving a £ 90 fine earlier this year, Carl Powell, 75, was taken to court for a public offense in July after residents of Peopleton, Worcestershire, complained about Powell’s billboards.
On the board, he described the small town as ‘absolutely the most unpleasant village in Worcestershire’, set up according to a local planning series.
Carl Powell (pictured outside Worcester Magistrates Court with a duplicate of his sign), 75, posted the billboard describing the village of Peopleton as a ‘murderous, lawless and godforsaken place’. Charges of a public offense against him have now been dropped
The angry farmer placed the sign on an old grain dryer on his Stone Arrow Farm and was soon slapped with a £ 90 fine and was later summoned to court
The second contained reference to field gates taken off their hinges on October 24, 2018 to ‘release stock on the highway’.
After a long line and a delayed trial, prosecutors against Powell are from Stone Arrow Farm, Worcs. Been dropped.
After his first court hearing in July, Powell arrived at Worcester Magistrates Court with the signs before being stopped by security.
During his trial, Powell, who chose to represent himself, said he was exercising his ‘right to freedom of expression’.
In his defense, Powell added that his character is ‘true and objective – and I can prove it.’
Powell was due to appear in court again in August, but due to the officer’s annual leave, a new provisional date was set for October 15.
Powell refused to pay up and was taken to the Worcester Magistrates’ Court charged with a public offense, but charges have now been dropped. Pictured: Powell wears a sign that says ‘the truth is now a crime’ on his farm
The court heard at the time that Powell displayed the sign on an old grain dryer ‘for the purpose of causing harassment, alarm or distress to the residents of Peopleton’
Powell said: “I have just received a letter from the courts that the case is being adjourned due to lack of evidence.
‘It seems that a little common sense has finally been used, so I’m very relieved.’
Between August and now, however, Powell received a letter informing him of an unpaid fine.
An enforcement officer then arrived at his farm with a notice to take back some of his belongings to pay the fine.
During his trial, Powell, who chose to represent himself, said he was exercising his ‘right to freedom of expression’. The court heard the sign was visible to road users and Powell was given a fixed sanction
Farmer Carl Powells stands behind a sign that says’ No violation. Violators are shot. Survivors shot again ‘
Powell was fined £ 90 for the signs after residents (pictured is the church in Peopleton) reported him to police but have refused to take them down
West Mercia police have since confirmed that enforcement against Powell had been carried out by mistake.
Since the cancellation of enforcement, a spokesman for West Mercia Police said: ‘The officer involved has confirmed that he spoke to Mr Powell, discovered an admin error with the debt collection, and non-payment was cleared.’
Powell added: ‘The whole affair with law enforcement caused me a bit of aggravation.
‘I may decide to appeal it against compensation.
‘However, I think I will wait a bit to think about it.’