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More than 4,200 people caught watching TV without a licence in Devon

By NDJNews  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

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MORE than 4,200 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Devon during 2012.

They included 130 in Barnstaple and 110 in Bideford according to figures from TV Licensing.

The average evasion rate remains at just over five per cent.

Warren Carr, of TV Licensing, said: “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.

“We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost.”

A colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50.

For more information visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk

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  • 2TheBeehive  |  February 20 2013, 1:27PM

    As the BBC has become a channel for the benefits of all things related to and promoting socialism it should now be made to find their money from other sources. Time for them to go down the advertisement route I believe. In fact the money paid for the TV licence could probably be better utilised by the government to help OAP's.

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  • e_glanfield  |  February 20 2013, 1:22PM

    Hi Stork, last year people were typically fined around £200 plus £60 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. The fine reduced to somewhere between £35 and £70 for those who pleaded guilty, although the additional costs and victim surcharge remained in place.

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  • Stork  |  February 20 2013, 12:50PM

    And how much were they fined ? Was it cheaper for them not to buy a licence, compared to the number of years they had not had a licence ? Answers please.

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