A DJ has been arrested and charged with sending abusive e-mails.
Richard Templeman, 49, who was until recently presenting a breakfast show for Castle FM with wife Carly, attended a police station after officers were asked to investigate messages he had allegedly sent.
We told earlier this month, how Templeman was locked in a dispute with the station’s chairman. Station boss Mike Templeton is said to have told Templeman, his wife and another member of staff they would “no longer represent Castle FM”.
An e-mail he allegedly sent to the trio said: “I don’t want any further communication from you, if you do, this will be seen as harassment.”
Templeman claimed he had earlier attempted to raise concerns about the station’s finances. A Police Scotland inquiry into the financial handling of the charity was launched in March.
This latest police probe is believed to centre on allegations e-mails of an abusive and homophobic nature were sent.
Inspector David Happs, of Police Scotland, said: “A 49-year-old man has been arrested and charged with an offence under the communications act, which took place in the Craigroyston area of Edinburgh. A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.”
The arrest is the latest twist in the turbulent history of the station, formerly Leith FM, a community radio station which was based out of Leith Dockers Club.
Bosses at the Dockers Club had been forced to lock the station out of its premises, over alleged non-payment of rent.
The club is apparently happy to offer the station a “fresh start” – on condition the board was replaced. A spokesman said: “As a community-based club, the last thing we want is for the area to lose its local radio station,” said a spokesman for the organisation.
“If a new, locally-based and minded board were properly elected, we would be happy to offer them a completely fresh start.”
Last night, the station continued broadcasting online, though the source of the output was unclear.
Castle FM’s online “narrowcasting”, which is not covered by Ofcom, was outputting a continuous playlist, but there is no live broadcasting involving DJs. An Ofcom spokesman said: “Ofcom is aware that Castle FM is currently not broadcasting. We have contacted the licensee and are investigating the situation.”
The station was rocked earlier this year when presenters, including John Leslie, staged a mass walk-out after calls for the company’s financial situation to be improved were ignored.