Castle FM DJ arrested over abusive emails

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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 Station boss Mike Templeton is said to have told Templeman, his wife and another member of staff they would “no longer represent Castle FM”.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.

jen.lavery@edinburghnews.com