Victory for the enraged farmer who described his hamlet as “murderous and lawless.”
Charges against a farmer who accused a small village of being a “murderous, lawless place” on billboards have been dropped.
Residents of Peopleton, Worcestershire, protested about Mr Powell’s incendiary billboards slamming their beloved town, and he was fined £90 and taken to court for a public order charge.
He portrayed the small community as a “murderous, lawless, godforsaken place” that was “most probably the nastiest in Worcestershire” on one of the bulletin boards.
In 2018, field gates were ripped off their hinges to “allow stock onto the highway,” according to another advertisement.
Following a local planning dispute, Mr Powell constructed the signage.
Charges against Mr Powell of Stone Arrow Farm have been dropped after a long battle and a postponed trial.
Mr Powell came at Worcester Magistrates Court holding the signs during his first court appearance in July, but was halted by security.
Mr Powell, who elected to represent himself in court, stated that he was expressing his “right to freedom of speech” during his appearance.
Powell defended himself by saying his sign is “real and truthful – and I can prove it.”
Mr Powell was scheduled to return to court in August, but due to the officer’s yearly leave, a new provisional date of October 15 was set.
“I just received a letter from the courts saying the case is being dismissed owing to a lack of evidence,” Mr Powell said.
“It appears that some common sense has finally been applied, so I am relieved.”
Mr Powell, on the other hand, received a letter in August informing him of an unpaid fine.
An enforcement officer then showed up at his farm with a notice threatening to seize some of his belongings unless he paid the fine.
Since then, West Mercia Police have verified that the enforcement action against Mr Powell was initiated in error.
Since the enforcement action was canceled, a West Mercia Police spokesperson said: “”The officer involved confirmed that he spoke with Mr Powell, uncovered an administrative error with the debt collector, and the non-payment was removed,” the officer added.
Mr. Powell continued, ” “I was irritated by the whole situation with the enforcement officer.
“I’m thinking of filing an appeal for compensation. But I guess I’ll wait a while to think about it.”