Over 1000 caught without a TV licence in Newry in 2011
The latest figures on TV licence evaders have been released by TV Licensing and over 1000 people were caught in Newry alone in 2011. Everyone who is found guilty of having no licence can be fined up to £1,000 as well as having to pay court costs say TV Licensing.
In UK terms there were almost 390,000 people caught without a licence in 2011.
Deborah King, TV Licensing spokesperson for Northern Ireland, commented on the situation, “On behalf of licence fee payers in Northern Ireland, we are committed to tackling evasion and enforcing the law amongst the small minority who should pay, but don’t.”
She continued, “People are given every opportunity to pay, but, if they fail to do so and watch TV illegally, we will seek a prosecution. 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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