More than 800 people in Halifax caught without licences for their TVs

TV Licensing has revelaed that more than 800 people were caught watchign TV without a licence in Halifax last year.

They also caught more than 180 people in Brighouse, over 80 in Sowerby Bridge and more than 1,300 in Huddersfield.

The average evasion rate is just over five per cent, meaning almost 95 per cent of homes are correctly licensed.

Lucy Baird, TV Licensing spokeswoman, said: “The data released today shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately five per cent, with the overwhelming majority of people ensuring there are correctly licensed.

“In order to be fair to the law-abiding majority who do pay for their licence, we’ll continue to pursue the small minority of people do not pay.

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