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Warminster Things
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: The Letterbox Thief Reply with quote

I have been thinking. As letterboxing is quite important to the moorland economy, Pubs, Camping etc.
Could it not be discused with the DNPA wether they could let it be known that they support Letterboxing on the moor and they will be willing to prosecute any person or persons caught stealing or tampering with a legitamet moorland past time. This may at least prevent more copy cat theifs.
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Kenton Kestrel
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any person who without lawful authority permanently removes a Dartmoor Letterbox is committing theft and if caught can be prosecuted by the police. The offence if prosecuted in a magistrates' court currently carries a maximum penalty of a fine of up to 5000 and or 6 months imprisonment.

The DNPA are not a prosecuting authority for the criminal offence such as theft.
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Warminster Things
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually meant that they would be willing to suport a prosecution.
I know no one is going to be caught, but it would be nice for the DNPA to puplicly state that they would back a prosecution.
And anybody can bring a prosecution against another person , so actually the DNPA could bring a prosecution, the same way as they would if you decided to park a camper permanently at Meldon.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly, the DNPA regards letterboxing as litter... but they turn a blind eye to it as long as the boxes are well maintained, and the emphasis is on WELL MAINTAINED.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nik - KOTM wrote:
Sadly, the DNPA regards letterboxing as litter... but they turn a blind eye to it as long as the boxes are well maintained, and the emphasis is on WELL MAINTAINED.

Not sure you are right. DNPA have been supportive & have agreed "Guidelines" so don't think they have turned a blind eye.
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