Another 920 caught for no TV licences

More than 920 people in Halifax were caught for watching TV without a valid licence last year.

Another 160 were caught in Brighouse and more than 130 in Sowerby Bridge.

TV Licensing catches more than 1,000 evaders every day with a whopping 13,040 people caught watching TV illegally across West Yorkshire.

Tim Downs, TV Licensing spokesperson for Northern England, said: “TV viewing is as popular as ever, with the percentage of households who have a television set at 96.7 per cent, and it’s our role to make sure everyone is aware of when they need to be covered by a licence.

“People are given every opportunity to pay, but if they fail to do so and watch TV illegally, we will seek a prosecution. The penalty is a fine of up to £1,000, plus court costs and a victim surcharge. Anyone found guilty is also required to buy a TV Licence at £145.50 if they still need one or they could face a second prosecution. It’s really not worth the risk.”

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A colour TV Licence costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV and they now also cover computers, tablet or smart phone.