1,000 with no TV licence

MORE than 1,000 people were caught watching TV without a licence last year.

Officers caught 1,040 people without a licence in Halifax between January and December 2010.

There were 140 dodgers found without them in Brighouse and 110 in Sowerby Bridge.

Across West Yorkshire there were 15,210 people caught without a licence which costs 145.50.

Tim Downs, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: "It's not fair on the vast majority of people in Halifax who pay their licence fee for some people to watch TV without paying.

"We try to give people every chance to get on the right side of the law, but ultimately if they fail to pay, we will take action.

"We take TV Licence evasion very seriously."

In 2009, 1,019 people were caught without licences.