DUTCH    ACTION

Legal Fund
The Radio Caroline supporters group Caroline Movement had set up a legal fund to enable action to be taken against the Dutch and British governments, and their servants, over their raid on Radio Caroline's ship Ross Revenge, in August 1989. With new legislation going through the UK Parliament, which would legitimise any future raid, and give immunity to those carrying it, legal advice was sought from leading marine law firm Richards Butler.

Dutch Action
The OCD, the Dutch department that was responsible for the raid on the Ross Revenge, announced in mid-January that if the Amsterdam Rechtskamer, the department that had to decide on the legality of the action against the Ross Revenge, found the action was illegal, then the OCD would have to return all the equipment. This would only cover the equipment used by Radio Caroline, that used by WMR and Radio 819 would remain confiscated. The Dutch authorities decided to prosecute the two Dutchmen - Arie Swets and Eddie the Cook, who were on board the Ross Revenge during the raid the previous August. Meanwhile the DTI were warning the owners of Dover Town Hall that if a roadshow advertised on Radio Caroline took place, the halls owners could be committing an offence under the MOA. The venue of the roadshow was later changed to a nearby public house.

On 558
In mid March, North London's Spectrum Radio had officially been allocated 558 kHz and advertising for the station was headed Spectrum 558. The station was not expected on air until the Summer and it remained to be seen if Caroline stayed put on 558, forcing the authorities to reallocate a frequency for Spectrum as they have done previously with Essex and others. On the 22nd of March 1990, Andy Bradgate mentioned "Offshore Echo's magazine" and advised listeners to "throwaway the Atlantic 252 sticker that's free with the magazine". He also said that "if you can read French, I'll advise you to order the French edition as it's more informative than the English version".

Sticker

New Address
Shortly before Easter, Radio Caroline announced a new mailing address, they had been without one since the raid in August 1989. Listeners could now write to:

RADIO CAROLINE,
PO BOX 491831,
FORT LAUDERDALE,
FLORIDA 33349,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Also, as a result of pressure by the DTI the London mailing address of Viewpoint was closed. Their address was now:

VIEWPOINT,
PO BOX 710186,
SAN JOSE,
CALIFORNIA 95171-0186,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


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March 1990

Arie Sweets

Arie Sweets interviewed by Dutch TV after the raid

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