The Cost in Pounds and Ounces
My business is located 100 yards away from the local council offices, and I have spent 16 long hard years building this business up from scratch, and now employ 11 people.
My involvement began on 9th March, 2000 when I was served with a ' Notice of Seizure', by Mr.R.Reading, a local Trading Standards Officer who informed me that if my imperial scales were not converted to metric or replaced within 28 days then they would be liable to seizure or forfeiture, and I could be fined and/or face criminal penalties. Not a civil offence with a ticket or on the spot fine, but a CRIMINAL OFFENCE with a fine of £5,000 and up to 6 months in prison! ( the same as if I had assaulted a police officer).
I questioned his authority but he could not tell me which law I was breaking.....
They picked on the wrong man... leaving aside his leadership which brought down Prescott's elected regional quisling assemblies, leave aside the current cessation of trader harassment by TSOs, leave aside the £33,767 he has made his council pay back so far for illegal ticketing, he is a hero of the people for forcing the Government to start facing up to the inconvenient fact, for them, that some of our basic liberties are protected by a Bill of Rights. For the latest twist see: Telegraph | News | Christopher Booker's notebook