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A Wigton farmer who put up a sign outside his property telling intruders to “f*** off” has been landed with a £200 fine. Keith Coulthard, 49, erected the notice because he was fed up with people going into the compound at Wigton, Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday.
And Coulthard, of Caldew Close, Wigton, agreed to put some tape over the offending words, the court was told. But a few days later, on October 15, the officer again found the same sign still showing the swear word.
Coulthard was charged with using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
The farmer was fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £15.
She was fined £350, ordered to pay £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge
All fines for criminal offences will carry an additional "victims surcharge" of £15, the Home Office has announced. The levy will be added on top of every fine handed out in court for a criminal offence from 1 April. It will be paid into a fund aimed at helping improve services for victims of crime, and will be fixed at a flat rate regardless of the size of the fine.