Furious farmer who put up 15ft sign berating neighbours is dragged to court for refusing to take it down
A FURIOUS farmer who put up a huge sign slagging off his village has been summoned to court after defying orders to remove it.
Carl Powell, 75, posted the billboard describing Peopleton in Worcestershire as a "murderous, lawless and godforsaken place".
As revealed exclusively by The Sun in March, he was handed a £90 fine by cops but refused to pay up.
Now Carl has been ordered to appear before JPs after refusing to take down the notice – which sits 15ft high on an old grain dryer.
West Mercia Police have charged him with a public order offence – claiming he has caused "harassment, alarm or distress".
Carl, who put up the sign after locals objected to plans for a new track on his 100-acre farm, said: "They can drag me to court but I will fight my corner.
"I will plead not guilty. I won't remove the sign unless I'm forced to – it's fair speech.
"We're not living in Nazi Germany. I've done absolutely nothing wrong."It's like being in a police state."
Carl has been ordered to attend a police station for his fingerprints and DNA to be taken ahead of his July 1 court date – but has refused to attend.
He faces being detained by police if he does not comply.
Carl said: "If they want my fingerprints, they can come and get them."Why do they need my DNA – they know who I am?"
The large sign reads: "Welcome to Peopleton, a murderous, lawless, godforsaken place, probably, most definitely, the nastiest village in Worcestershire."
Carl says the sign has became a local attractions – with passers-by stopping off to get pictures.
He has added another notice after appearing on Channel 5's Jeremy Vine Show.
It reads: "A brilliant interviewer but a lousy dancer".
He plans to wear another outside Worcester magistrates' court next month: "West Mercia Police – Truth is now a crime. Get arrested. DNA fingerprints taken."
Carl previously got in trouble for putting up a sign threatening to shoot trespassers.
Locals insist Peopleton is a wonderful place.
Parish council chairman Tim Mason said: 'It's a lovely village to live in – the only bit that isn't is the bit near his sign."
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