Belfast Telegraph

Belfast sixth highest for UK TV licence evaders

By Anthony Finnegan

Belfast has the sixth highest number of TV Licence evaders in the UK according to figures released by TV Licensing.

The figures show 6,500 people were caught watching TV without a licence across Belfast in 2009, the highest number in Northern Ireland. Newtownards came in at eighth place in the province with 600 people caught without a licence.

Deborah King, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: “On behalf of the vast majority of people who pay for their TV licence, we work hard to catch those who attempt to cheat the system.

“These figures demonstrate that there really is no hiding place for TV licence evaders, and we continue to be highly effective at catching them.”

A colour TV licence currently costs £142.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are broadcast on a TV set, computer or any other equipment. Not having a TV licence risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

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