An Evesham man believes the police should foot the bill for putting
right his television.
Ian Jones, aged 44, of Bewdley Street, says West Mercia Constabulary
should pay the £50 fee he has been charged to correct his set
after four radio communication aerials installed by private digital
company Airwave caused interference to a number of televisions in the
Merstow Green area.
The aerials were installed on Evesham Fire Station's drill tower in
March to improve police radio communications.
Mr Jones contacted the Radio Communications Agency, which sent out
engineers to investigate the problem. They fitted a filter to rectify
his television's picture quality, for which he has now been billed.
He said he was writing a letter to the Chief Constable of West Mercia
Constabulary to express his annoyance.
He said: "The Radio Communications Agency told me I may incur a
£50 charge should the fault be found in my equipment.
"It is almost as if the Radio Communications Agency and the
police have conspired to mess everybody up, because if people don't
have a clear television picture then they aren't going to have a lot
of choice but to pay the charge."
West Mercia Police, though, are denying responsibility for the
problem and Kate Tonge, force press officer, said: "This is an
Airwave issue and any concerns about the siting of the masts should
be directed at them."
Airwave communications manager Susan Moore said the masts had been
correctly installed to guidelines and frequencies recommended by the
Radio Communications Agency.
She said: "The problems are caused because some of the equipment
that people have doesn't filter out the signal from our masts.
"We are working with the agency to try and find a solution, but
we need to be able to see the scope of this problem.
"We are considerate of those who have been affected, but we
haven't done anything wrong. The police tell us what coverage they
need and where and we choose the site."
Derek German, Radio Communications Agency spokesman, said they had
received six written complaints and several calls.
He added: "We have identified a weakness in the installation and
by fitting this filter we've provided a cure.
"Our policy is that if we investigate a complaint, a set fee of
£50 is charged, which can include the fitting of the