500 caught without TV licences this year

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MORE than 500 people have been caught watching TV without a licence so far this year in Scarborough, it has been revealed.

The findings come as TV Licensing also publish a list of the most outlandish reasons given for not buying a TV Licence over the last 12 months.

An affair with the postman, badly behaved children and anxious pet parakeets feature in the wide-ranging list of excuses given to enquiry officers and call centres by people who should have a TV Licence, but don’t.

Tim Downs, TV Licensing spokesperson for the North of England, said: “Some evaders are very inventive with their excuses which can be quite entertaining. But the point is that watching or recording live TV without a licence is against the law.

“In fairness to the honest majority of people who pay the fee, we will prosecute those who try to avoid it.

“We would always prefer people to pay than risk a fine of up to £1,000. We offer a wide range of payment options to help spread the cost and suit people’s needs. These can all be set up quickly and easily online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk or by phone.”

Anyone in doubt about when a TV Licence is or isn’t needed can easily check by visiting www.tvlicensing.co.uk or by calling 0300 790 6112.