Rushden man fined for running pirate radio station

A father-of-two has admitted running an illegal music radio station from his home

A father-of-two has admitted running an illegal music radio station from his home

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A father-of-two has admitted running an illegal music radio station from his home.

Thomas Furniss, 27, of Queen Street, Rushden, said he started broadcasting because of his skills in electronics and was not interested in music or becoming a DJ.

Furniss, who was representing himself, said: “It was just a hobby at first because I have always been interested in how electronics work, and I found out on the internet how to do it.

“I didn’t realise how serious an offence it was.”

Furniss was arrested after someone made a complaint to Ofcom in June about the pirate radio station, named XS Radio, which ran from February to July this year.

The station was traced to his home in an investigation which cost almost £3,000.

During a hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Furniss pleaded guilty to managing, financing, operating and running an unauthorised broadcasting station from his home.

He was given a £280 fine, ordered to pay court costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £28, and received an order for his laptop and transmitting devices to be forfeited.