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Drugs found as cops raid East End pirate radio station

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 05 October 2010

TWO teenagers have been arrested after cops busted a pirate radio station in East London where drugs were found. The youths aged 16 and 18 were collared for illegally broadcasting from premises in West Ham

By Mike Brooke

TWO teenagers have been arrested after cops busted a pirate radio station in East London where drugs were found.

The youths aged 16 and 18 were collared for illegally broadcasting from premises at Leywick Street in West Ham.

Officials from Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, went in with the neighbourhood police team after detecting broadcasts being relayed through an illegal transmitter located in Stephens Parade, nearby.

The signal interfered with legal radio stations and could be picked up as far as Croydon in south London. The equipment worth £45,000 was seized by Ofcom.

The teenagers were held for broadcasting offences under the Wireless & Telecommunications Act, but later bailed pending further inquiries.

Class B drugs were discovered on the premise during the search carried out on Monday evening with a court warrant, Scotland Yard confirmed today. A 25-year-old woman was cautioned for possession.

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