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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 May, 2004, 18:37 GMT 19:37 UK
Council tax rebel faces bailiffs
Tax rebel Barbara Lockwood
Barbara Lockwood has refused to pay last year's tax increase
A Norfolk council tax rebel has been told she has two weeks to settle her bill before the bailiffs move in.

Barbara Lockwood, 72, owes Broadland District Council more than 160 after refusing to pay last year's 16% rise.

Mrs Lockwood, from Hellesdon, founder of Folk Against Council Tax (FACT), was warned by Norwich Magistrates on Wednesday to pay up or face bailiffs.

Mrs Lockwood said after the hearing it was against her principles, but she may have to settle the tax bill.

Pensioners 'fleeced' "I come from an age group of people who did their best to pay into private pensions, to buy their own home and have something worthwhile to live on.

"But we pensioners are slowly waking up to the fact that we are being absolutely fleeced," she said.

In court she read out a long political statement applauded by fellow FACT members, but magistrates said it was the wrong place for such a statement and had no option but to grant the district council a liability order.

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