1300 people caught watching TV without a licence

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More than 1300 people in Derry have been caught watching TV without a licence in the last year.

This compares to 1,010 in Craigavon, more than 410 in Ballymena and more than 410 in Coleraine.

TV Licensing’s Deborah King said across the north “evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately five per cent.”

“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.

“Payment options include a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card or a monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can be set up very quickly online or over the phone. We also work with a range of money advice organisations – their staff can provide useful information and payment advice to help people budget for a TV Licence. If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000,” she said.

A colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50. Across the north, 15,300 people were caught watching TV without a licence during the past 12 months.