New 'Pirate' court bid scuppered
(Evening Mail, Friday, January 8, 1988 - staff reporter)
A second bid to prosecute the leading figure at Birmingham pirate radio station PCRL, foundered before magistrates today. No evidence was offered on charges of illegal broadcasting against Cecil Morris, known to listeners as "Music-Master." Surrounded by jubilant supporters as he left the court, Mr Morris, aged 40, of Dudley Road, Edgbaston, said he was very pleased no prosecution would be made. The prosecution arose from a police raid in June last year on the station's headquarters in Dudley Road, Edgbaston.
Radio equipment was found in the basement and connected to a transmitter in the loft. Mr Morris said PCRL or People's Community Radio Link, will carry on broadcasting. He aims to get a Home Office licence for the station which he claims has over a million listeners. "People have come to support us because they know we are positive and the work we are doing needs to be done," he said.
The courtroom was packed with people, some wearing PCRL badges and t-shirts in support of the station when it was announced that no evidence would be offered against Mr Morris. Many congratulated him outside the court and there was loud cheering.
Mr Morris said the station did much charitable work as well as playing music people wanted to hear. The station carried a campaign to encourage people to register under the new nationality laws, he said.