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Revealed: Worst excuses for not having TV licence

Some of the worst excuses for television viewers not paying their licence have been revealed.

Around 94% of homes across the UK pay up, but a small minority of people continue to flout the law.

One Magherafelt woman caught watching without a £147 licence told enforcement officers that "it's not a TV, it's an LCD fire".

Referring to the viewer's flat screen TV, the officer replied: "And it's got Bart Simpson-shaped flames."

Other top excuses ranged from the fishy - "Sorry I can't buy a licence because I'm giving CPR to my goldfish" - to the coy: "I am not paying for my licence now the BBC are showing porn. Gary Lineker in the nude on Match of the Day - disgusting!"

One frustrated football fan told officers: "I only watch Premier league football, and as I am a Newcastle fan, I no longer need a TV Licence."

Karen Grimason, TV Licensing spokesperson for Northern Ireland, said: "We make every effort to find evaders and although excuses we hear can be ingenious, those we catch still need to buy a licence.

"We offer help to those struggling to buy and would much rather people buy a TV licence in small weekly or monthly instalments, than face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000."

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