Issue 7 of Crud fanzine was released today and once again made front page news when Colwyn councillers slammed the fanzine for running a ‘999 Fun Phone-in’ advert where it was suggesting you could have ‘hours of fun’ and ‘calls are free – just dial 999 from any call box and leave the phone off the hook.’ The story also ran in the Daily Mirror and the Greater Manchester Fire Chief appeared on BBC R2’s Jimmy Young show berating the fanzine’s ‘appalling lack of responsibility.’
This issue referenced the North Wales Police Chief, Gordon Anglesea, stating he had produced an acoustic demo-tape. He threatened to sue the fanzine..
As did former BBC journalist Arfon Roberts, who was falsely attributed to writing an obscene poem, he stated ‘I have been libeled by these horrible people and their horrible magazine.’
Neil Crud also received a threat of legal action from Express Newspapers for printing a cartoon of Rupert Bear growing cannabis. The zine, although still selling at 25p a copy, now had a print run of 5000 and had added record shops in North Devon as further outlets to North Wales, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.
Arfon Roberts sadly died in a fire a few years later.
Gordon Anglesea was convicted of paedophilia and jailed in Nov 2016 – he died a year later in prison.