Farmer who erected sign describing his village as 'lawless' appears in court ...

Farmer who erected sign describing his village as 'lawless' appears in court ...
Farmer who erected sign describing his village as 'lawless' appears in court ...
Angry farmer, 75, who erected 15ft sign describing his village as 'murderous, lawless and godforsaken place' appears in court after defying orders to take it down Carl Powell, 75, put up billboard on an old grain dryer at his Stone Arrow Farm The 15ft sign was visible to residents in the village of Peopleton, near Pershore Mr Powell was given a £90 fine earlier this year for sign but refused to pay up  Taken to Worcester Magistrates' Court charged with a public order offence

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An angry farmer who erected a huge sign branding his 'lawless' village as the 'nastiest in Worcestershire' will go on trial after he refused to remove it. 

Carl Powell, 75, put up the 15ft billboard describing the village of Peopleton, near Pershore, as a 'murderous, lawless and godforsaken place' on an old grain dryer at his Stone Arrow Farm.

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He was slapped with a £90 fine earlier this year but refused to pay up and was taken to court charged with a public order offence.

The court heard he caused 'harassment, alarm or distress' to the 640 residents of Peopleton between February 16 and 24 this year.

Carl Powell (pictured), 75, put up the billboard describing the village of Peopleton as a 'murderous, lawless and godforsaken place'

Carl Powell (pictured), 75, put up the billboard describing the village of Peopleton as a 'murderous, lawless and godforsaken place' 

The angry farmer placed the sign on an old grain dryer at his Stone Arrow Farm and was soon slapped with a £90 fine

The angry farmer placed the sign on an old grain dryer at his Stone Arrow Farm and was soon slapped with a £90 fine

Mr Powell arrived at Worcester Magistrates' Court on July 1 holding a smaller copy of the original sign along with another claiming his gates had been vandalised.

Representing himself, he told JPs

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