"As regards [notorious, self-proclaimed hoaxers] Doug and Dave, I've put that question on several occasions to various farmers who have been victims of circle hoaxing (including the one where D & D most often allegedly made their circles). They say the damage as regards lost grain can amount to anything between 200 pounds ($300) and 1000 pounds ($1500), but when pressed by me to prosecute these two and other known hoaxers, the farmers have invariably said that it would be no good unless they managed to catch these people red-handed which they never seem to do. Those who'd consulted lawyers on the matter told me that a confession like D & D's could be withdrawn in court and, without any additional independent evidence, the prosecution case would fail. I've suggested they prosecute anyway but they seem to think this more trouble than it's worth. Everything, they say, depends on catching circle hoaxers in the act!"
Original file name: CNI - Circle Hoaxers.Wingfield
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