Man in court for refusing to pay TV licence over 9/11 ‘lies’

A man who refused to pay his TV licence because he believed the BBC covered up facts about the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York appeared at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, supported by around 100 people.

Tony Rooke said he was withholding the fee under the Terrorism Act 2000, which states it is an offence for someone to invite another to provide money, intending that it should be used or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for terrorism purposes.

Rooke, who admitted owning a TV and watching it without a licence, was found guilty of using an unlicensed set, given a six-month conditional discharge and told to pay £200 costs.

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