1,000 dodge TV licence

MORE than 750 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Luton during the first six months of 2012 with more than 240 licence evaders fined in Dunstable.

They are among more than 204,000 people caught across the UK during the first half of this year according to TV Licensing officers.

Victoria Sykes, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: “These figures paint a very positive picture as the vast majority of people in the UK continue to pay their licence fee.

“Unfortunately, a minority of people do not pay for their licence, which is unfair to the law-abiding majority who do pay.

“If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

“We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay their licence fee in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost, including a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card and monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can all be set up very quickly online or over the phone. We also work with a range of money advice organisations – their staff can provide useful information and payment advice to help people budget for a TV licence”.

A colour TV licence currently costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment. Anyone watching TV illegally risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

> Further information on how and where to pay the licence fee can be found on the TV Licensing website.