THE bosses of a pirate radio station in Taunton say they’ll be back despite being shut down for the second time in five months.

A spokesman for the industry watchdog said the raid on Rage FM on Friday morning was part of an inquiry into “radio interference”.

A Rage representative said he was incensed by the early morning operation.

He said: “Their (Ofcom) tactics are turning desperate.

“Their activities woke many residents in Lisieux Way and Kenwyn Close – just to seize an FM transmitter rig and aerial from a tree.

“Their claims of interference to emergency services radios and anti-social behaviour are generalised to say the least and no such evidence exists in our case.”

He added: “However, Rage FM will not go away and we will take it all the way to make a stand against these monsters.

“Meanwhile our station continues as usual on the worldwide web and we'll work as hard as possible to return on FM in future, just as it did following their last attempt to silence us.

“This will remain a positive asset to the community whenever possible. We look forward to providing this service to the community of Taunton Deane again soon.”

Rage FM was previously taken off air in Taunton in April following a raid in the High Street area under the Wireless and Telegraphy Act 2006.

A spokeswoman for Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, said: “Ofcom can confirm that it is investigating radio interference in Taunton. The investigation is ongoing.

“Ofcom takes swift and firm action to take off air illegal radio stations which are broadcasting without a licence.”