TV Licensing face fresh allegations of dishonesty after threatening a Glasgow student with prosecution for an offence he hasn't committed.
The student, who we will call Jack, received a copy of TV Licensing's most heinous threatogram to date, which wrongly implies the recipient will be heading straight to court to account for their licence free status. Closer examination reveals that the letter, which TV Licensing helpfully say the recipient "will be allowed to take into court", contains nothing more than legally baseless threats designed to scare them into paying for a licence they probably don't need.
Jack was so incensed with the menacing tone of TV Licensing's letter that he phoned them to complain. The employee he spoke to confirmed the organisation had no evidence of wrongdoing and passed the letter off as routine.
Jack has now written to TV Licensing informing them of his intention mount a private prosecution against them on the basis of the dishonest implications in their letter. He has informed them that he will be charging them to deal with any future correspondence, which might sound fanciful but it is no worse than writing to someone and accusing them of law breaking with zero evidence.
His opening volley is shown below and we'll be very interested to see how the case develops.
Edit (2/11/14): You might also be interested in this post, where we explain how a TV Licensing Blog reader successfully sued TV Licensing for the time taken to process receipt of its threatograms. We encourage other readers harassed by TV Licensing's menacing correspondence to take similar action.